Marin Allen, PhD, is the Deputy Associate Director for Communications and Public Liaison and Director of Public Information in the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Allen has more than 30 years experience in all aspects of public communication. Her many accomplishments include being a full professor at Gallaudet University, working as a media specialist for the White House Conference on Aging, being a faculty member at the University of Maryland, and winning two Emmy awards. She now serves on the National Academy of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy and is the NIH liaison to the Health and Human Services Workgroup on Health Literacy.
In this podcast, Dr. Marin Allen talks with Helen Osborne about:
- Why public communication is fundamental to the human condition.
- Examples of how to consider the needs of everyone including those with communication differences, disorders, and disabilities.
- Showing respect for, and building trust with, each audience.
More ways to learn:
- National Institutes of Health: Clear Communication. Includes information about cultural respect, language access, and plain language. At https://www.nih.gov/institutes-nih/nih-office-director/office-communications-public-liaison/clear-communication
- National Institutes of Health: Science, Health, and Public Trust. At https://www.nih.gov/institutes-nih/nih-office-director/office-communications-public-liaison/clear-communication/science-health-public-trust
- National Institutes of Health: Getting Started or Brushing Up (with a printable certificate). At https://www.nih.gov/institutes-nih/nih-office-director/office-communications-public-liaison/clear-communication/plain-language/plain-language-getting-started-or-brushing
- National Association of the Deaf. At https://nad.org
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. At https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice-speech-and-language
- “Teach-back (HLOL #129).” A Health Literacy Out Loud podcast interview with Dean Schillinger, MD. At /2015/02/03/teach-back-hlol-129/
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Roundtable on Health Literacy. Learn more and access reports and workshop summaries at http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy.aspx
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 13, 20, 27, 30
Read the transcript for this podcast.