Are you looking for examples of how others have used spoken word to discuss public health topics? We've got you covered.
In "The Wrong Side of History || Gun Violence... It's Time to Talk About It," the poet took gun control and packaged it into something emotional, thought-provoking and artful, something you could really connect with.
The cadence and rhythm took those numbers and percentages and transformed them into something greater, like characters or plot lines in a story.
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault
Unlike the previous example, this spoken word poem was devoid of statistics and facts. It was purely testimonial, conveying the truth of a male rape victim, a voice not too often heard.
Teaming up with spoken word poets to share information and messages around public health issues could be a novel form of influencer marketing. There is an opportunity here and we owe it to ourselves and the public, as health communicators, to explore and research the efficacy of this method for sharing health-related information.
Do you have any other examples of spoken word on public health issues or know of any literature looking at the efficacy and effectiveness of spoken word for health communication? Share them in the comments below.
By: Monique Thornton, MPH