Death of public figures provides important opportunities for health education

Jessica Gall Myrick

Jessica Gall Myrick

An IU study of reactions to the 2011 death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs found that health communicators have a critical window of opportunity after a public figure dies to disseminate information about disease prevention and detection. An April 21 news release about assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick’s research led to coverage as far away as Belgium. Reporting by HealthDay, a leading producer and syndicator of health news for consumers and physicians and the largest syndicator of that news to Internet sites, and Fast Company ran stories. Other coverage included:

Myrick also has been contacted by Fast Company magazine.

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