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Public Health Communication Club

The purpose of the Public Health Communication Club (PHCC) is to give the rapidly growing fields of public health and health communication a presence on the TCNJ campus. With co-advisors Dr. Pollock and Dr. Hu, this club will complement the Health Communication Concentration and the Public Health minor. This club is primarily academic and service oriented. Students will have the chance to network with those who share their interests while collaborating on new areas of study, gathering information, and implementing their work around campus. The primary focus of the club will be a Speaker’s Series to draw attention to the numerous benefits of the health communication field. Lastly, the club will look at current event issues in public health as well as discuss opportunities available in the field and in continuing education. This includes working with related organizations to enhance the club’s efforts.

Entertainment Education: Rewriting the script in India

“Students and faculty at the College got to experience a master class on entertainment education taught by Arvind Singhal, who has studied and worked with this public health communication strategy for years. The method has been conducted to produce positive social change in countries such as India and South Africa.”

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Congressman Holt Addresses Healthcare

By Carly Koziol

“Watching legislation is like watching sausage being made; you don’t want to watch, even if you like the outcome,” said New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt on Nov. 9 during an address to the College in the new education building. Holt focused on the future of healthcare during the event co-sponsored by the Communication Studies Department and the Public Health Communication Club. “Healthcare is one of the great changes in American public policy,” he said. Newly reelected on Nov. 6, while holding office since 1998, Holt was enthusiastic about healthcare reform. He spoke about how important it is to listen to the needs of citizens and piece together their concerns in order to develop a cohesive policy.

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Intersexions: Public Health Comm. Club hosts Brown Bag Series, offers insight into South Africa’s number one TV drama

By Melissa Radzimski


On Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:30AM, TCNJ’s Public Health Communication Club and the Communication Studies Department hosted the Brown Bag Series event Sex Drama: South Africa’s Secret Weapon Against AIDS at the Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall. The afternoon presentation and discussion focused on South Africa’s “number one” soap drama Intersexions. Recently awarded a Peabody Award and several South African Film and Television Awards, Intersexions touts both artistic and social justice achievements, focusing predominantly on the plight of HIV and AIDS in South Africa.

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Students Get a Sneak Peek at Safe Sex Video Games

Article by Carly Koziol from The Roar (Fall 2011 – Volume 4, Issue 1)

Students and professors poured into Mayo Concert Hall on Oct. 7 awaiting Dr. Leslie Snyder‘s highly anticipated presentation, ―Sex and Videogames: Promoting Health in a Fun Way.
Leslie Snyder, Ph.D., a Communication Studies professor at the University of Connecticut and director of a health institute there, is in the process of developing a video game under the Centers for Disease Control Center of Excellence Grant. Her video game is a unique attempt to promote safe sex among poor, urban African- American males between the ages of 18 and 26.


Douglas Storey Tells a Worldwide Health Communication Story

By Angela Pineiro

Douglas Storey, associate director for the Center of Communication Studies at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, visited TCNJ o n Thursday, November 11, to present “Thirty Years of Adventures in Communication: Global Programs, Local Impact” as a part of the TCNJ Center for the Arts Brown Bag series, co-sponsored with the Communication Studies Department’s student Public Health Communication Club. Dr. Storey spoke to students and faculty about living and working in 25 different countries around the world, mostly on behalf of Johns Hopkins, the number one-ranked public health university in the US, presenting two of his most successful projects promoting “health competent” societies.

For “Nepal’s Challenge,” Storey and his team focused on raising awareness of family planning and contraceptive methods from the mid-1990s to 2001 through radio programming. Nepal, the second poorest country in Asia, has an average female fertility rate of 4.8, a shockingly high number for a poor, developing country. The radio pro-grams simulated appropriate conduct be-tween patients and health care professionals, including questions that patients should ask their health care professionals and suggestions about contraceptives. According to Storey’s measures, the radio programs were at least somewhat successful in encouraging family planning in Nepal.

The second project Dr. Storey discussed was “Scrutinize: Change HIV to HIVictory.” This South African advertising campaign, which was created to educate younger generations about safe sex practices, incorporated cartoons and animation (such as ninjas (representing the HIV virus) into commercials and ads. The program was produced to send a message to young people that they need to scrutinize their be-h a v i o r . “Scrutinize” proved to be a success when a National Sample Survey con-ducted after the campaign found that South Africa had approximately 700,000 new condom users as a result of the advertisements.

David Oshinsky PBS Interview on the Fight Against Polio

April 24, 2006

The TCNJ lecture on the history of the fight against polio by Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian Dr. David Oshinsky, illuminated several hallmark events in the struggle against the disease. The following PBS interview with Oshinsky helps everyone understand the importance of this first mass mobilization, through the “March of Dimes” of the American public to find a way to prevent what was perhaps the most dreaded disease for children in the twentieth century.