Gravity Media announced the release of a white paper discussing marketing and communications opportunities for healthcare providers in the wake of the Affordable Care Act reforms and the necessity that outreach methods be tailored to diverse audiences.

Despite commonly accepted notions of “healthy” among consumers, SSG’s recent analysis of “Healthy Breakfast Brands” revealed that there were no common brands among the top 2 “Healthiest Breakfast Brands” among various multicultural segments: Hispanics, Millennials, African Americans and White Non-Hispanics.  

Thirty CPG brands have been nominated for the 2014 Wellness Brand Awards - Breakfast Category, with the winners to be announced August 14, 2014, at the Hispanic Retail 360 Summit in San Antonio, Texas. Nominees are CPG brands competing for a share of stomach in various sub-categories, including Cold & Hot Breakfast Cereals, Bars, Egg Alternatives, Frozen Breakfasts, Instant Breakfasts, RTE Pastries, Mixes, and Yogurt.  Two winners will be recognized per segment: Total Market, Millennials, Hispanic, African American and Non-Hispanic White.

  New wellness and prevention benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are offering insurers and hospitals a prime opportunity to engage newly enrolled Hispanic and multicultural consumers into their health care circle. ACA made obesity screening and counseling one of several “preventative services benefit,” which can be utilized as a potential entry point to bring these groups onboard and bond them in a relevant way with insurers and hospital brands.  By Santiago Solutions Group

More than 10 million Hispanics are eligible to gain health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, representing unparalleled opportunity for businesses aiming to succeed in the emerging New Health Economy focused on delivering consumer-centered care, according to “Hispanics: A growing force in the New Health Economy” a new report from PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI).

It is a common situation faced by healthcare providers today. A patient, unable to communicate well in English, arrives for treatment and often waits longer than other patients to receive treatment, may not fully understand the treatment that they are receiving, and sometimes bring a different set of cultural values and experiences with health care providers.  Depending on the language and staffing support available, the outcome for the patient becomes a risky situation.  By Edward T. Rincón, Ph.D.

Beyond messaging, how do segments vary in their usage of communication channels and devices? Does channel access vary across age or income “segments”? With respect to health care insurance, do concerns over the exchange of personal information affect communication channel preferences?

Among the different segments of the population, Hispanic respondents show a higher-than-average tendency to smoke e-cigarettes, and tend to smoke them more regularly, with 32% of respondents saying they have tried them, compared to a 25% average.

Zoraida Sambolin, co-anchor of CNN’s weekday news show “Early Start,”will join Susan G. Komen for Hispanic Heritage Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness  Month. She will participate in a nationwide, Spanish-language radio tour on Wednesday, October 9th.

As things heat up with ACA implementation, a lot of attention is being given to Hispanics. While some of that attention is driven by politics (based on the significant impact Hispanics had on the results of the 2012 election), most of it is being driven by market realities.

Results from a new study reveal that American adults of all ages – Millennials, GenXers and Baby Boomers – feel that their own generation is the healthiest. Nearly half the people surveyed (45 percent) named their own generation as the healthiest, followed by their parents’ generation (32 percent) and the younger generation (23 percent).

Juanes helps raise awareness for National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, encouraging people to get tested as part of a campaign spearheaded by Lifebeat in partnership with The CDC and MTV's GYT Now.

Extending its award-winning "Learn the Signs" campaign, Autism Speaks – the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization – today joined the Ad Council, along with partner agencies BBDO New York and LatinWorks, to announce the launch of a new series of public service advertisements (PS

We recently joined DTC Perspectives once again for its annual gathering of healthcare thought leaders at the DTC National Conference. Throughout the event we constantly heard that the consumer is core to everything DTC (direct-to-consumer) marketers do. Mediapost Ad Critic Barbara Lippert said that we should zero in on the insight that gives your message a “human touch.” Marketing Strategist David Meerman Scott suggested that we all focus on “buyer personas” versus product details when building our marketing campaigns. These are reasons why we thought it was important to spend some time talking about how to approach Hispanic consumers with messages relevant to them. The reality is, embracing similarities is as important as celebrating differences. By Eric Talbot / Univision Insights

Have you ever met an attractive person at a bar and exchanged numbers? Imagine if once this person has left the room, you start receiving hundreds of text messages detailing their sexual history -- from various partners. Well, in a hidden camera stunt around several New York City bars, Wing created just that -- with powerful communication that explores the potential risks of unprotected sex.