Stay-at-home restrictions are lifting, but the fear of getting COVID-19 or spreading it to others is tangible. This fear is holding many people from seeing a doctor for medical issues such as injuries, chronic conditions and even emergencies.
Aha Media Group writer Teri Cettina switched roles, from health copywriter to patient, when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. My most recent chemotherapy appointment marked the first time I had visited my local hospital since the COVID-19 crisis began.
Lately, when I turn on the news, I hear less about the devastation from the coronavirus (which is still heartbreaking) and more about plans to reopen the country. As healthcare communicators, we’re in the trenches, giving our audience the crucial information they need. But with this shift in tone, it’s time to look ahead and… Read more
In seemingly no time at all, the coronavirus has upended our world. People who had never heard of COVID-19 a few months ago are spending their days frantically researching and seeking coronavirus-related information.
Coronavirus messaging has changed rapidly over the past few weeks — and will continue to evolve as the situation progresses. As healthcare communicators grapple with the daily (sometimes hourly) changes, ensure that your content consistently speaks with sensitivity toward high-risk groups.
In October, we wear pink. But did you ever wonder where Breast Cancer Awareness Month started? Well, you can thank the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). They’re the department behind the National Health Observances (NHO) calendar — which is about to become your new favorite tool for creating the editorial calendar of… Read more
Aha Media Group writer Teri Cettina switched roles, from health copywriter to patient, when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. I had just finished a project for a children’s hospital website. It was a tough job. After all, medical writing requires a delicate balance. We need to provide clear, useful information while conveying… Read more
“That story sounds a lot like mine — if they can conquer [health problem], so can I.” One of the most powerful ways to connect with a healthcare audience is through stories. So how can you use patient stories to create authentic, meaningful connections with your audience? Take a look at these 5 hospitals —… Read more
To reach more patients, sometimes you have to make like Beyoncé and change your (page) name. Developing clinical program and service names is not for the faint of heart: The name needs to reflect your clinicians’ expertise, honor financial donors and align with your organization’s mission. But often, a name that checks those boxes is… Read more
Think beyond medical specialties and office locations: Your physician bios can be an integral part of your healthcare marketing strategy and even bring in new patients — if you do them right. As a healthcare marketer, you should craft a smart and efficient physician bio strategy by figuring out what patients want. Which is …… Read more