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Reflections on a 38-year career in public health advocacy: 10 pieces of advice to early career researchers and advocates

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According to the author, there are many important principles and lessons that public health researchers and advocates who hope to influence policy and practice need to consider. In this paper, the author details his key lessons learned from public health advocacy and provides 10 fundamental pieces of advice - such as the importance of preserving public confidence in the evidence base underscoring public policy; being clear and concrete about the policy reforms supported; emphasising the values on which policy is based; understanding the structure, conventions and subtextual features of news reporting; developing ‘killer facts’ with ‘earworm’ potential; as well as appreciating that the advocacy process leading to policy change almost always takes a long time; and growing a rhinoceros hide to assist in the inevitable attacks you will face. [Abstract précis by PHCRIS]

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Public Health Research and Practice, 25(2), e2521514
This Journal article also featured in This Week in PHC Issue: 02 April 2015
last updated: Apr 02 2015

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