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March Madness


March. It’s now officially spring. Division One NCAA mens’ college basketball starts and we have the March 31st deadline to sign-up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

With so much competition, those running the media campaign to get people to sign-up for health insurance know that the traditional use of PSAs to get your message across just won’t do it anymore.

Last week, President Obama appeared on the Funny Or Die series to reach a younger audience about signing up for health insurance. Young adults ages 18 to 34 are the least likely to be insured (nearly 30 percent in 2012) and the most likely to pay premiums without costing the system much. The 13 million views on the “Between Two Ferns” video in less than 24 hours resulted in driving a 40% increase in visits to site.

Yesterday, President Obama appeared by live feed from the White House on the Ellen DeGeneres Show asking mothers to reach out to their kids and telling them to sign up for Obamacare.

The Ellen Show draws 3.5 million viewers  daily.

“Moms out there, email your kids if they don’t have health insurance and tell them to at least check it out, because they may be pleasantly surprised that it’s much more affordable than people thought.”

Yesterday, President Obama also had a taped appearance on ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd show The Herd, to reach a wider young male audience. When asked about his recent unconventional appearances he said that as president “you have to remind yourself of the wonderful people that you are supposed to be serving, who have a sense of humor, and aren’t thinking every day about position papers.”

President Obama also talked about his picks in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament. He promised to reveal his picks for the women’s college basketball tournament next week.

March Madness. I think the President understands that if you can figure out the brackets, braketology, you can certainly go to and sign-up for health insurance.


Self-Health and Technology on Healthstyles

Self-Health and Technology - consumer-driven health with technology is the focus of this 2-hour @centerhmp HealthStyles broadcast today from 3-5 PM ET WBAI-FM NY, 99.5; also live streamed at  CHMP Senior Fellow Liz Seegert will be live-tweeting this segment using hashtag #Healthstyles

Co-host Barbara Glickstein interviews Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, health economist, advisor, co-founder at HealthcareDIY and blogger at THINK-HEALTH and HEALTH Populi and Andre Blackman leading analyst in sustainable health innovation design, founder of Pulse + Signal and co-founder of FastForward Health.  Follow Jane on Twitter @healthythinker and Andre @mindofandre @PulseAndSignal.  @FastFwdHealth

There’s an interview with co-founders of MakerNurse Anna Young and Jose Gomez-Marquez, research scientists at the Little Devices Lab @MIT.  What’s MakerNurse? “It’s when nurses have Apollo 13 moments” explained Jose Gomez-Marquez. Anna Young offered this insight “There are so many parallels to nurses working in completely different operating systems globally who are trying to solve problems with their hands inventing things to provide better care.” MakerNurse  is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson’s Pioneer Portfolio Project and The Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Follow them on Twitter @makernurse

Whether you’re a techno-optimist and early adaptor of wearables, a follower of slow medicine or you’ve been left out of the conversation by choice or design  you’ll get up to speed listening to this broadcast. Or at least have an exciting peek into this world. It ain’t science fiction.


Brookyn Savvy – End of Life Planning

Co-director of CHMP Barbara Glickstein appeared on Brooklyn Savvy hosted by Toni Williams on End of Life Planning.



There is no such thing as a child prostitute

Barbara Glickstein is the co-director of the Center for Health, Media & Policy and has been reporting on human trafficking for the past 6 years.


“There is no such things as a child prostitute”

This was just one of the straightforward facts made by Minh Dang to reporters (including this reporter) attending the McCormick Institute on Reporting on Sex Trafficking: A Local Problem with Global Dimensions this past October.

The institute was sponsored by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and The Irina Project (TIP) at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 194a5dcaf266bf618514162a0dbfa1b2_bigger

The Irina Project (TIP), co-directed by  Dr. Barbara Friedman and Dr. Anne Johnston, monitors media representations of sex trafficking and advocates for the responsible and accurate reporting of sex trafficking.

Drs. Friedman and Johnston presented their research looking at 5 years of international and national media coverage on sex trafficking. Their research identified patterns framing the issue including the use of language. They found that the label prostitute or hooker was most frequently used by reporters to describe the persons involved.

Under federal law, children cannot consent to being a prostitute and a child does not need to be moved across international or even state borders to be considered a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. In the United States, a minor is defined as someone under the age of 18.

A recent headline in the Washington Post, “D.C. police search home of officer in investigation of prostitution ring” reports locating a 16 year old female who was reported missing in his apartment. The article states, “The teenager told police that the officer took nude photos of her and arranged for her to have sex for money, the court papers say.”

Kudos to these reporters for using plain language – this girl was found here and here’s what she was experiencing.

Journalists struggle with reporting on sex trafficking and how to better frame the stories.  There was significant time dedicated to addressing the lack of reliable data on the issue and how to work with that limitation.

But that’s not all.

In several sessions we heard directly from women survivors on what it was like being interviewed by journalists – not all good. One suggested that we “stay in our lane” and “to be human”.

Here’s one critical take-away – we must all confront our own assumptions about sex trafficking.

The reporters in attendance made a promise – we’d never use the words child prostitute in a story on sex trafficking.

Because there is no such thing as a child prostitute.

Young people aren’t buying it.

Young people just aren’t buying it.

Young Americans, almost 20 million uninsured 18-34 year olds,  aren’t signing on for affordable health insurance through the health insurance exchanges as hoped.

The administration is expected to report on the number of Americans who have signed up for health insurance on the federal exchange this week. But the estimates aren’t great, and young, healthy people are needed to balance the risk pool.

Cost has been the greatest inhibitor to reducing young adults uninsurance rates. 

A recent HHS report states that some young adults eligible for health insurance marketplace could pay $50 or less per month for coverage in 2014.

hya-bannerThe Young Invincibles, in collaboration with HHS, has a #GetCovered campaign and just launched a video contest, “Healthy Young Americans Video Contest” to engage this group and get buy-in.  The results of the winner will be announced Friday, November 15th.

Will writing in the facts about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act into television plot lines work to get them to enroll?  Mediate reported on a $500,000 grant from the California Endowment to the University Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s  Lear Center’s Hollywood Health & Society to do just that. The Center provides entertainment industry professionals accurate and updated information on health and climate change. This grant will allow them to provide information on the ACA and it’s implementation. The full press release can be found here.

Then there’s the Koch-funded Generation Opportunity, an anti-Obamacare group, reaching out to this age group telling them not to buy health insurance.

Media does have a social impact.

No one thought this would be an impulse buy. Is this procrastination? Hold outs because the penalty in the first year is just $95?

How do we get a Millennial to take action and purchase health insurance?

Beats me.




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