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HHS agency awards $7m underage drinking campaign to Synergy

HHS agency awards $7m underage drinking campaign to Synergy

The contract covers the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration campaign Talk. They Hear You.

Kimberley Goode joins Blue Shield of California

Kimberley Goode joins Blue Shield of California

Goode will lead external affairs, including corporate comms, corporate citizenship, and government affairs.

Edelman bags Burson's Hawker as UK healthcare MD

Edelman bags Burson's Hawker as UK healthcare MD

Kate Hawker has joined Edelman as MD of its UK healthcare team, following Ann Bartling's departure from the firm in October after 13 years.

INC Research to buy inVentiv Health in $4.6b deal

INC Research to buy inVentiv Health in $4.6b deal

Alistair MacDonald, CEO of INC Research, will serve as CEO of the newly combined company. Michael Bell, CEO of inVentiv Health, will act as executive chairman.

GCI Health opens its doors in Washington DC with Tori Fort at the helm

GCI Health opens its doors in Washington DC with Tori Fort at the helm

Fort previously worked at Chandler Chicco and inVentiv Health.

California Department of Public Health seeks firm to promote healthy lifestyle program

California Department of Public Health seeks firm to promote healthy lifestyle program

The department is looking for an agency to support its healthy eating program aimed at low-income families, Champions for Change.

Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove to step down

Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove to step down

Cosgrove will exit the organization later this year, the Cleveland Clinic said on Monday.

Purdue hires PhRMA veteran Josephine Martin to lead comms

Purdue hires PhRMA veteran Josephine Martin to lead comms

Martin was previously EVP of public affairs at PhRMA - she is joining the owner of brands including OxyContin as VP of corporate affairs and communications.

Facing a competitive market, Synergy looks to stand out with unbranded emojis

Facing a competitive market, Synergy looks to stand out with unbranded emojis

The emojis, dubbed the Poop Troop, are meant to help people with constipation better describe and express the emotional toll of the condition.

PhRMA debuts new ads in Go Boldly campaign

PhRMA debuts new ads in Go Boldly campaign

The ads show patients and researchers together in the fight to beat disease.

Regeneron uses VR to humanize retinal disease

Regeneron uses VR to humanize retinal disease

The problem Regeneron was trying to solve was a conversation gap between patients with retinal disease and their physicians.

FDA awards $625m tobacco-education contract to FCB-Rescue partnership

FDA awards $625m tobacco-education contract to FCB-Rescue partnership

The five-year contract went into effect this week. Work will include traditional and paid media, social media, mobile, community outreach, and partnerships with organizations.

Ruder Finn launches health tech practice within Bloom

Ruder Finn launches health tech practice within Bloom

The firm hired Nicole Pariser as SVP of health technology to lead the new group.

Cannes Lions announces pharma, health and wellness juries

Cannes Lions announces pharma, health and wellness juries

Several of the judges are from major PR firms including Cohn & Wolfe, Weber Shandwick, and Edelman.

Ketchum's Kate Paxton to lead UK healthcare arm as Alison Doughty departs

Ketchum has appointed Kate Paxton from its Washington practice to lead the healthcare division in London, replacing Alison Doughty, who is leaving the agency.

JPA launches Coalition to Save NIH Funding

JPA launches Coalition to Save NIH Funding

The agency, which specializes in healthcare and public affairs, wants organizations to come together to show the importance of NIH medical research funding.

P&G exec who led Always #LikeAGirl campaign moves to comms leadership role at Novartis

P&G exec who led Always #LikeAGirl campaign moves to comms leadership role at Novartis

P&G's Mark Chakravarty has joined pharma giant Novartis in a senior role, PRWeek has learned.

Full-year losses narrow at Huntsworth despite 'difficult' 2016 at Grayling

Full-year losses narrow at Huntsworth despite 'difficult' 2016 at Grayling

Huntsworth's losses narrowed in 2016 thanks to a strong performance from the holding company's health comms arm, and despite a "difficult" year for Grayling, whose like-for-like revenue fell 17.4 per cent.

Common joins Allergan's campaign against vision loss

Common joins Allergan's campaign against vision loss

The rapper is partnering with the pharma company on a spoken-word video with the goal of raising awareness about preventable blindness.

Havas combines Havas Health, Havas consumer health practices into new entity

Havas combines Havas Health, Havas consumer health practices into new entity

Donna Murphy, longtime CEO of Havas Health, is leading Havas Health & You.

Analysis

Patient advocacy groups go down to the wire opposing Obamacare repeal bill

Patient advocacy groups go down to the wire opposing Obamacare repeal bill

Organizations such as the March of Dimes and American Cancer Society have teamed up to fight the latest iteration of healthcare reform in Congress.

On the chopping block again: Planned Parenthood steps up comms amid defund debate

On the chopping block again: Planned Parenthood steps up comms amid defund debate

"Defund Planned Parenthood" is a common rallying cry in Washington, DC, in the early months of the Trump administration. How the organization is fighting back.

Caught in the middle: Healthcare communicators anxiously wait out Obamacare debate

Caught in the middle: Healthcare communicators anxiously wait out Obamacare debate

Healthcare communicators are monitoring each word of the debate about the future of the Affordable Care Act.

Brexit: A buying opportunity for UK PR?

Brexit: A buying opportunity for UK PR?

For almost half the country, the narrow victory for Brexit was a portent of doom but, while sterling has fallen to historically low rates - plunging to a 31-year low immediately after the result - predictions of immediate Armageddon now seem far-fetched.

Beyond pink: Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is different this year

Beyond pink: Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is different this year

The next generation of Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns are moving well past awareness to focusing on other aspects of fighting the disease.