NPR story features a creative approach for HIV prevention. Researchers try role-playing games to capture attention and inform adolescents.

Here’s how it works. Players build avatars, customizing their appearance, hobbies, and personality. Then they respond to age-tailored but potentially risky situations any way they want. In the do-over world of the game, consequences include points, praise, good health and money … or embarrassment, unemployment, HIV and even death.

Nursing professor and researcher, Dr. Comfort Enah (credit: NPR.org, courtesy of Steve Wood, UAB Creative Group)

 

The rest of the story…

In Rural Alabama, Fighting HIV with a Game
by Dan Carsen, for NPR, December 3, 2014

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Celebrations of family, friends and food are a wonderful focus for this time of the year. Whatever your traditions for the holiday season, (new and old), please have fun and be safe!

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It Only Takes ONE + 1 + 1 + at a Time to Make a Difference. On Tap? Ebola.

I find it totally awesome when celebrities take a public stand that might not be popular and can make a real difference. Case on point? The recent ONE campaign on fighting Ebola in Africa. Since 2014 global Ebola outbreak landed in the U.S. in late September, may people in the U.S. have worried about its local impact.  Even with the… Continue reading It Only Takes ONE + 1 + 1 + at a Time to Make a Difference. On Tap? Ebola.

Researchers Explore Impact of Music on Nursing Home Residents

Music is amazing! Whenever I hear a song, I remember how old I was when I first or most enjoyed it or where I was. Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album? MANY hours at home, dancing and singing at the top of my lungs with my sister while my parents were away. So, I totally understand… Continue reading Researchers Explore Impact of Music on Nursing Home Residents

Comedy as a Boss on Pseudo Health (and Other Science) Debates

Why I (ok, public health professionals who also focus on communications) totally need to be part of a comedy writer’s team…ijs. Topics include climate change, vaccines, medicine and science in general. #publichealth “Comedy vs. anti-science: 10 amazing videos that show how humor can make a difference” The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision… Continue reading Comedy as a Boss on Pseudo Health (and Other Science) Debates

‘THR’ on Show Inspired by a Family’s Mental Health Struggles

Copied from The Hollywood Reporter “Please Like Me Star on How Family Mental Health Struggles Inspired His Show” by Aaron Couch on September 22, 2914 Making an autobiographical TV show can be dangerous for your personal relationships — but Australian comedian Josh Thomas has managed to use everything from his parents’ divorce to his mother’s struggles with mental health… Continue reading ‘THR’ on Show Inspired by a Family’s Mental Health Struggles

Lopez Foundation and Montefiore Partnership Promotes Community Health

Jennifer and Lynda Lopez visit Montefiore to launch the Center for a Healthy Childhood BRONX, NY (June 1, 2014) Jennifer and Lynda Lopez, co-founders of the Lopez Family Foundation, and Montefiore Health System today launched the Center for a Healthy Childhood at Montefiore’s Community Health Fair. The new initiative between the Lopez Family Foundation and Montefiore… Continue reading Lopez Foundation and Montefiore Partnership Promotes Community Health

How “Parenthood” Broke Down The Autism Awareness Barrier

by Emily Orley, September 25, 2014 on BuzzFeed

With showrunner Jason Katims’ raw storytelling and the passion and dedication of young actor Max Burkholder, the NBC drama has depicted a journey never before seen on network television, shedding light on life on the spectrum.

(credit: AP Photo / NBC, Colleen Hayes)
(credit: AP Photo / NBC, Colleen Hayes)

Autism Speaks, resource, advocacy and community “to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.