Convincing health-care professionals to join the conversation
The Internet has changed our lives, mostly for the better. But it has also given a forum to health conspiracy theorists and others who peddle dangerous, untrue theories about medicine and health. When it comes to our health, there is a growing chasm between what health-care professionals and governments tell us and what the public believes. It’s up to health-care professionals to fight back and use new communication tools to set not only set the record straight, but win back the trust of their patients.
The bullying epidemic – and how to stop it
Weeks endured severe bullying at the hands of dozens of classmates, an experience that had a profound impact on her life. Today, she shares those experiences, the important lessons she learned, and what needs to be done to address the rampant problem of bullying, particularly given the growing threat of cyberbullying.
Food marketing: The truth about what’s in your fridge
Salt. Sugar. Trans fats. It seems like everywhere you look, there are new warnings about the dangers lurking in your fridge. At the same time, rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions are rising rapidly. For the first time, experts predict that the next generation could have a shorter lifespan than their parents, and they blame the current state of food and food marketing as the main culprit. But Canadians are overwhelmed and confused by the amount of conflicting information about what they should – and shouldn’t – eat. And many of us – and our children – are easily influenced by the ubiquity of convenient processed and packaged foods that are often loaded with salt, sugar or fat. This is one of the biggest challenges we face today. And luckily, there are ways to tackle it head-on.
The democratization of health – and what it means for the future
Canadians are more informed, engaged and interested in health than ever before. And social media is making it easier than ever for health-care consumers to reach out and connect with the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that deliver care. This change represents a sort of revolution, one that presents enormous opportunities for fundamentally reshaping how Canadians see and engage with the health-care system. But failing to take advantage of this opportunity could leave organizations in the dark. Carly offers customized presentations tailored to your group’s needs.
RPNAO Excellence in Journalism Award
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada Media Award
Canadian Medical Association Michelle Lang Award for Excellence in Print Reporting