There’s no shortage of videos out there when it comes to health communication.
Since the pandemic, and everything necessarily going virtual, it’s easy to sign up for webinars and presentations on the topics that we care about most. If you’re anything like me, and don’t get to watch them live, you promise yourself you will watch them…sometime soon! And that stack of ‘watch later’ videos just grows.
This past week, I saw three videos for the first time which were thought-provoking. I’m still working through some of my initial impressions of them, and what they might mean for my work. I thought I’d share them with you so you can add them to your watch list, or watch them now (no pressure). N.B. I’m not affiliated with any of these organizations.
This first video is a talk from Andrés J. Gallegos, Esq. who is the Chairman for the National Council on Disability.
Mr. Gallegos tells the history of this bi-partisan Federal Agency, shares some COVID-related activities and statistics, and gives an overview of the Health Equity Framework for People with Disabilities. This talk is not about health communication per se, but as I see it, the Chairman’s focus on health professionals’ attitudes and beliefs connects to communication in complex ways.
The CLAS standards have been on my mind quite a lot lately, with the many connections between health equity and communication, so I was grateful for this. I noticed all but one of the speakers are women, and this got me thinking about gender and the work of health communication. I’m embedding the YouTube video but please check out their site for its many resources – and a chance to share your story about the CLAS standards.
Finally, this video was mentioned a week ago in a discussion thread by several members of the health literacy community over at IHA Health Literacy Solutions Center (their Health Literacy Conference registration is open!). It’s from 2011 and called “Health and the City.”
The creators (3 women) survey people on the streets of New York about two things: 1) medical terms and 2) their relationships with their doctors. I think there are many ways the responses to #1 could be interpreted. I did a podcast episode about how the public usually fares when asked scientific questions. The second part also was thought-provoking. I heard many assumptions about what an ideal patient/physician relationship might look or sound like, often contrasted with people’s descriptions of their relationship with their doctor.
I hope these are useful to you and spark some reflections on your practice. Share your thoughts with me below!