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CHC Affiliate Blog: The Health Communication Spark 

By Mike Mackert

Almost everyone I know who works in health communication can point to one moment that really ignited their passion for health communication as a field.

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The Blind People and The Elephant: Creating Cross-Disciplinary Solutions to Youth Addiction

By Kayla Reed

One look into the office of Dr. Lori Holleran Steiker is enough to express the dedication she has for her life’s work in adolescent substance abuse disorders. Boxes filled with supplies for the Operation Naloxone Expansion are stacked to the ceiling, and she excitedly tears one open to show off sturdy, zippered bank bags containing life-saving Naloxone kits.


Why does the PMP matter?

CHC Affiliate Blog: Texas PMP Campaign: Progress and Unanticipated Benefits

By Mike Mackert

In the fall it was announced that the Center for Health Communication (CHC) was awarded a contract with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to develop a health communication campaign to support Texas’s response to the opioid epidemic. The CHC is currently deep into the execution phase and refining key messages and tactics.

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CHC Affiliate Blog: My Most Meaningful Health Communication Artifact

By Mike Mackert

This semester I’m teaching an honors seminar in health communication through the College of Natural Sciences. As part of the class, I’ve asked each student to present on a health communication “artifact” which they find to be interesting.


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CHC Top 5: Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) FAQ

By Laura Brown

Learn 5 fast facts about the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program.

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CHC Top 5: Talking About Pain with Patients

By Laura Brown

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists and other health care professionals often interact with patients who are experiencing pain. What can make these conversations effective and satisfying?