Flint Relief Effort
Client PMI Leads Flint Relief Effort, Gains National Media Attention 
Members of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) teamed with hundreds of union plumbers to assist Flint, Mich., residents affected by a lead-in-water crisis, thereby gaining national media attention.

Valek & Co. handled media outreach, along with the PMI team. The relief effort was covered by National and Michigan Public Radio; CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox News affiliates in Michigan; CBS national news; People; KABC-Radio Los Angeles; Associated Press; Huffington Post; Crain's Detroit Business; and many other media outlets. Read more.
Health IT
Valek & Co. Communicates Value of Health IT at HIMSS16
Valek & Co. developed speeches, scripts and news summaries for HIMSS16, a health information technology (IT) conference and exhibition attended by more than 40,000 professionals. HIMSS has been a client since 2004.
Writing Seminar
Valek & Co. can prepare and conduct a writing seminar tailored to the needs of your organization. A seminar of this nature can be helpful for staff members who have good language skills but are not trained as professional writers. To learn more, contact him


Experience Value in Communication Services
Health Care * Education * Technology * Safety * Science
March 22, 2016

Valek & Co. is proud of the types of organizations we serve, the quality work we do together, and how long our relationships have lasted. 

Read the articles in this issue to learn more.

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Suicide Prevention
Valek & Co. Reporting, Writing Aids Major Suicide Prevention Initiative
As a member of a team comprised of health care and communication experts, Ray Valek contributed reporting, research and writing skills to the development of "Detecting and treating suicide ideation in all settings," a Sentinel Event Alert recently published by The Joint Commission, a Valek and Co. client since 2005.
The alert suggests ways that health care providers in inpatient and outpatient settings can better identify and treat individuals with thoughts of suicide. The 10th leading cause of death in America, suicide claims more lives than traffic accidents and more than twice as many as homicides.
Valek & Co.'s responsibilities included reviewing relevant research, interviewing experts, and writing drafts of the alert for review by the team. Accompanying the alert is an infographic outlining the alert's eight main suggested actions.
April 6 'Future Science' Event
Valek and Co. Promoting U of Chicago Event
Valek & Co. is working with Chicago area calendar editors, media and social platforms to promote a free event, "Future Science: Small Scale, Big Impact," featuring a panel of scientists from the University of Chicago's Institute for Molecular Engineering working in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory.
They will present molecular-level scientific breakthroughs that promise to have a big impact on health care, energy, the environment and industry. The general public, including students, educators and anyone else interested in science, is encouraged to attend.
The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., April 6, Performance Hall at the University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The center has a café inside and free parking at the lot at 60th St. and Drexel Ave. Advance RSVP is appreciated at DiscoverySeries.uchicago.edu.
Quick Links
HIV & Mental Health
Communication Campaign Developed for Illinois HIV Care Connect
Valek and Co. developed a communication campaign for Illinois HIV Care Connect to call attention to the importance of good mental health toward achieving viral suppression - a low level of HIV in the blood.

Valek and Co. developed content about HIV and mental health for Illinois HIV Care Connect's website developed by team member Maureen Baird, as well as graphics, a quiz, and regular social media messages on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Valek and Co. also conducted media outreach to Illinois outlets.
Valek & Co. works in partnership with the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA), a client since 2007, on Illinois HIV Care Connect outreach and media activities funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
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