One key element to any policy work is communication. If we don't get the word out about policy issues, how will anyone know to address them? That's why the Lister Hill Center is prioritizing dissemination and communication by publishing blog posts, policy briefs, data visualizations, and anything else to bridge the gap between research and policy.

Our blog centers on individual experiences with health policy or with advocacy in general. These pieces are all personal and are not necessarily calls for action.

Our policy briefs, however, feature policy recommendations. The Food and Agriculture Organization defines* a policy brief as "a concise summary of a particular issue, the policy options to deal with it, and some recommendations on the best option." The views expressed in these documents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Here at the LHC, we believe that data visualization is a powerful tool to convey complex scientific data. That's why we're developing a library of different data visualizations to host on our website. We plan to work with policymakers and community activists to develop meaningful visualizations that can help educate everyone on key issues.

*Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. (2011). Food Security Communications Toolkit