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Have you ever come across a comment on your Facebook Page or a Twitter mention that made you gasp? Has an argumentative user tried to poke holes in your content? No matter your mission, it feels like someone always has something negative to say.

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April was a big month for one-to-one communication. Between Facebook's bot store for Messenger and Kik's messaging app, developments in the social sphere point to online activity happening less in public and more in private groups and messaging apps.

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The digital world is buzzing in excitement about the latest live streaming apps hitting the marketplace. A space that was just last year occupied predominately by Meerkat and Periscope now includes social heavy-hitters like Facebook Live and YouTube Connect. As the space continues to grow and platforms are rapidly developed, it is clear that live streaming is here to stay.

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"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players...." While he may have left this world 400 years ago, Shakespeare's words still ring true. We all live our lives on the world's stage, acting out our own play. This applies to your organization's presence online, as well.

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If you want to learn more about progress and problems surrounding health equity, you've come to the right place. Here are just a few of our recent discussions on the state of minority health in our country, how we can create change through effective policy and what some of our partners are doing to help.

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The stage is set. The lights are dim. The audience members hush. And then it begins! I don't mean the latest Broadway play. (Although, of course, I do love Hamilton.) Instead, I'm talking about the excitement that comes with webinars!

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The first week in April marks National Public Health Week (NPHW), a time for Americans to celebrate our health as a nation and discuss the challenges we face in improving public health care for all citizens. National Public Health Week is also an opportunity to take a look at Medicare Part D, a policy that's improved the health and wellbeing of one of the largest and growing populations for more than a decade.

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It's fly-in day and you have a motivated group of advocates from all over the country and meetings scheduled with multiple Members of Congress. But have you checked every item off the pre fly-in checklist? Have you set your organization up for success? 97% of staffers say in-person visits from constituents influence their boss. With that percentage, it's clear that an advocacy fly-in could be vital to your organization or campaign.

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In Washington, D.C., one of the first questions people ask at a happy hour or social gathering isn't "how are you?" It's "what do you do?" I struggle to answer this question, because my professional title doesn't come close to explaining the work I actually do on a daily basis. As communicators, we often wear multiple hats. From project management to media monitoring to social content drafting, no day is the same. There are ways to manage the mayhem, though - and planning ahead remains one of the best!

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Not many things last 6,000 years. Not even the pyramids, the Great Wall, nor Stonehenge are that old. Unfortunately, tuberculosis, a disease that affects the lungs and other organs, has plagued mankind for six millennia and still presents serious risks to thousands of communities and millions of people around the world.

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