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Dr. Hale Speaks on Communicating with Policymakers

Dr. Nathan Hale

Dr. Nathan Hale, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Management and Policy in the College of Public Health, spoke at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.  Dr. Hale presented at a special session entitled “TaC Talks: Three Ways to Get Your Research Across to Stakeholders.” 

The session utilized a “Ted Talk” format in which Dr. Hale and two other health services researchers with experience in federal, state and private sector policymaking told a short ‘story worth sharing.’  The story highlighted their challenges and successes in translating and disseminating research to a variety of audiences.

In his talk, Dr. Hale outlined his journey to becoming a “storyteller in researcher’s clothes.”  He described lessons learned from a research translation and dissemination mentoring program sponsored by Academy Health in which his mentor encouraged him to consider how he delivered his research findings to a broader audience.   Dr. Hale encouraged researchers to avoid jargon and asked “why use metropolis when city will do?”  He described how stories can be used to frame research findings and to illustrate to audiences, both academic and non-academic, why the researcher cares.  “Stories are a universal language that we all understand—from laypersons to policy makers,” said Dr. Hale.  “Stories connect us—everyone can relate to a good story.”  The full transcript of his speech is available here.

AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting (ARM) is a forum for health services research, where more than 2,400 attendees gather to discuss health policy implications, sharpen research methods, and network with colleagues from around the world. 

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