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Office of Communications & Public Liaison

NIH Communications

The National Institutes of Health wants you to know about the important medical discoveries we're making to improve health and save lives.

That's why you'll hear about NIH on television, the radio, and on the Web and your portable communication device. You'll see our scientists quoted in newspapers and magazines. And you can read stories about medical research in action right here on our Web site.

There are communication offices at each of our 27 Institutes and Centers. The Office of Communications & Public Liaison (OCPL) in the Office of the Director provides leadership and guidance, and speaks for NIH as a whole. The OCPL is actively involved with:

  • Internet-based communication
  • Television and Radio News
  • Magazines and Newspapers
  • Video
  • Research Festivals and Special Events
  • Community Outreach Programs
  • Clinical Research Awareness
  • Health Literacy, Plain Language, and Cultural Competency
  • Strategic Health Communication Planning
  • Emerging Health and Scientific Issues
  • Public Engagement in Biomedical Research Activities
  • Emergency preparedness and Risk Assessment

Contact us with any questions you may have. We invite you to get involved with NIH communications. 

Clear Communication: A NIH Health Literacy Initiative

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Health communication professionals must consider Clear Communication and all its facets when developing health materials and communication strategies for a range of diverse audiences. In fact, helpful materials are available on many aspects of health communication, including strategies and tactics, understanding audiences, and evaluation and planning.

This page last reviewed on May 1, 2014

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