About Science, Health, and Public Trust

This section provides perspectives, tools, and resources to improve the quality and usefulness of information about science and health for the public. The overall goal is to share strategies and best practices that might contribute to public understanding of the nature of biomedical research and its role in health. Read more »


  • Making Effective Use of Preprints

    August 19, 2020 — Preprints are gaining considerable attention lately as researchers seek to quickly disseminate the latest research findings related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. But while preprints provide early and unrestricted access...

  • Communicating About COVID-19

    March 25, 2020 — The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, caused by the virus named SARS-CoV-2, is on all our minds lately. What can health communicators do to help inform the public without inciting a panic?

  • Responsible Reporting of Suicide

    December 16, 2019 — Experts estimate that about 800,000 people die by suicide every year. Media portrayals of deaths by suicide can have profound impacts—both good and bad. How can suicide be treated constructively by the media?


A Checklist for Communicating Science and Health Research to the Public

As science and health communicators, our main goal is to share our institutions’ wealth of science and health knowledge.

The Challenges of Understanding and Communicating Health Risks

Health communicators of all kinds often find themselves talking and writing about risks.

Understanding Clinical Studies

Part of the challenge of explaining clinical research to the public is describing the important points of a study.

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NIH PIO Network
The NIH Public Information Officers Network is designed to link communications professionals together to deliver the best available scientific, medical, and health information to the public.

Clear Communication
This initiative focuses on using plain language approaches and new technologies to provide information that is accessible to specific audiences based on cultural respect.

Know the Science
Why is it important to know the science of health? Simply put, because there is a lot of misinformation out there—from anecdotes disguised as evidence to excessive claims made by supplement manufacturers to TV doctors touting the latest “miracle cure.”

ORWH Sex and Gender Infographic
Sex and gender can influence health in important ways. While sex and gender are distinct concepts, their influence is often inextricably linked.

HealthNewsReview.org Toolkit
A collection of tipsheets, primers, links and other resources to help journalists and consumers evaluate claims about health care interventions.

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