We don’t emotionally trust facts; we trust people – or we don’t. As we process facts emotionally, we trust leaders who move beyond facts to speak in a voice that echoes how we feel, right now. At a time when the public is worried, communicating with the heart can help. Facts alone will not drive people to action, writes Gil Bashe, managing partner, global health, Finn Partners.
There was good news and bad news this past weekend. The good news is that most people are heeding health best practices that communicators are broadcasting in a variety of ways (hand washing, distancing, remaining home etc). Unfortunately, a significant number of people in globally are ignoring these health communications. Assigning blame is not the issue. Getting nearly universal acceptance is.
So far, no country is able to control coronavirus. Arguably, South Korea is managing it, despite taking a very heavy hit. A communicator representing the Embassy of South Korea argues the country’s daily and transparent government communications protocol is playing a large role in the nation’s successful coronavirus management.
With tonight’s Platinum PR Awards, PRNEWS’ most prestigious honors, we revisit a 2017 Platinum Hall of Fame inductee, Let’s Win! Pancreatic Cancer. Finn Partners’ Gil Bashe and John Bianchi write that Let’s Win! continues to do great work, though pancreatic cancer is spreading fast. A massive effort is needed to tame this scourge.
Healthcare is without a doubt one of the most impactful, polarizing and challenging spaces in which to work in PR. And being a woman in any industry is also a challenge. At the Women in Healthcare Communications Awards Luncheon at the Yale Club, PRNEWS recognized a handful of women who are not only owning their senior communications leadership roles in the healthcare space, but also striving in their jobs to improve the health and wellbeing of us all.
Nearly all communicators use technology in their daily work. In healthcare, though, technology surrounds communicators and the practitioners they work with each day. Ahead of next week’s PRNEWS Top Women in Healthcare Communications awards luncheon in NY, we asked several awards finalists to discuss communications, technology and how to maintain a human touch.
Transparency just might be the buzzword of the decade. You wouldn’t know it, though, if you had to decipher a hospital bill or translate the mumbo jumbo of a health-insurance policy. Ahead of PRNEWS’ Top Women in Healthcare Communications awards luncheon next week in NYC, we asked several awards finalists to discuss the tricky subject of getting closer to clarity in healthcare communications.
Communicators take pride in the messages they craft. They consider their work important. For Dr. Jennifer Mieres, a cardiologist and the keynote speaker at PRNEWS’ Top Women in Healthcare Communications awards luncheon later this month, communicating health information to the public is vital. Her goal is to ensure people have a sound understanding of their role in preventing disease. From there, they can become empowered partners in their healthcare, she says.