Moral socialization has an interesting caveat to that provides group-thinking to play a significant role in shaping an individual’s sense of integrity and moral attributes. The moral environment inherently plays a significant role in our actions as we grow from supervised children to independent adults. Personal behavior and moral socialization is intertwined as an individual becomes acclimated to his/her environments and correlating actions commence in line with one’s moral socialization process. Yet, the tendency to moralize one another’s behavior can be disadvantageous to shared identification purposes (Chris M. Bell 2008)

The capacity for personal humanity to be shaped by wisdom traditions and moral capabilities to be emboldened by societal influences such as religion, ethnicity, geographical factors and other variable factors is undeniable. The differentiating societies such as traditional societies, which may delve into a communal pattern can prove to contest in societies where the autonomy of an independent person supersedes the communal thought process. My personal upbringing within an immigrant family taught the importance of communal thought and I believe my family upbringing was my first true experience with moral socialization.


Conscious Leadership

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Just because you are efficient in completing your job and are able to navigate information systems within your organization, it does not mean that you are qualified to be a leader.(Heifetz,Grashow, and Linsky, 2009) Instead, being a leader, especially a conscientious one, involves being able to first of all identify those priorities that carry real value to you. Then the challenge is to earn buy-in from others even if this means basic systems within the organization have to change. For example, someone with authority can train employees on how to use a new phone system, but someone who practices adaptive leadership can lead a change in culture where employees are respectful of each other in all their communications.

Leadership must also be ever vigilant. Systems that fail often fail because of issues with organizational dysfunctions, group dynamics, and individual cognition issues.(Martin, 2011) Leaders should always be aware of the strengths and weaknesses within their organizations. Proactively analyzing where problems exist is a continuous process, and only a leader who is truly engaged can stay on top of the shifting dynamics within their organization. Addressing problems in the group dynamic can alleviate the potential for serious problems. Examples of this can be seen in many of the errors that used to occur in operating suites (wrong arm taken off, for example). Running an operating room takes an entire team of people for just one surgery, and the dynamics were often such that the surgeon was treated as the king of the castle. As such, no one questioned his decisions or they faced social pressures such as belittlement and group strain. This culture was addressed and a new culture of safety was implemented in many hospitals across the country in the 1990s. Now team members are encouraged to ask questions and someone who treats others uncivilly will be the one who is ostracized from the group. As a result, near misses are caught more often, and hospitals have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of wrong site surgeries.

When a leader is not acting conscientiously, they often seem unengaged with their staff. This may be because the initiative or value the leader is promoting is contradictory to their own values, and the distance allows them some ability to rationalize away their own behavior. Also, the leader may not want to be confronted by staff who question the new direction the leader has taken.

One way to respond to challenges concerning your own leadership is to maintain an open and honest dialog with your challenger. It could be that the person who is questioning your integrity merely misunderstands why you have come to the conclusion you have. If your stance has changed on an issue, it is important for those you lead to understand why your stance has changed. They may or may not agree with the reasons for your change in stance, but your integrity will be more apparent than if you simply refuse to discuss the change. Others will view a submission (without reflection) to a contrary position as a flaw in your personal integrity, whether from weakness, ambition, etc.

Healthcare – A Universal Right

Should you get healthcare if you don’t have money to pay for it?

Who should pay for your treatment : the doctor? the hospital or the government ?

We have a right to healthcare without paying cash out of our pockets , but we have a duty to be able to pay for it, and this means having insurance. We also need to have access to affordable insurance .

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How to Create an Outstanding Website

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How can you make your website stand out to professionals, potential supporters, clients, and partners when the internet is literally busting at the seams? Here is a list of inspiring non profit websites :the American Cancer Society, Amnesty International, and Mistakes Kids Make All of these had the following in common:

  1. Their brand and image is consistent throughout the site. The colors are all the same and you can tell you are within the same site on each page. This branding is also consistent on their social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels.
  2. Basic layout that is easy to navigate. Most of these followed a similar template with page buttons on the top, one main image highlighting their work, and the ever present “donate now” highly visible. One of these really stood out to me because it had a very unique template that was incredibly simple. Check out the Mistakes Kids Make pageand just scroll down. All of their content is on one page that you scroll down. There are navigation buttons hidden on the left side of the page, but they are just bookmarks that take you to the right spot. Apple’s website is a lot like this.
  3. Use images to tell your story. Pictures go a long way. Even stock images, but be careful not to fill your entire site with stock images. This gives the viewer a sense that your work is not genuine. Use photos of actual events and constituents if you can.
  4. Integrate Social media into your website. Most of the above agencies had streams of their blogs, live tweets and status updates linked to their sites. I like this because it keeps content up to date and shows they are involved with their communities online and part of conversations that focus topic areas.
  5. Create and share videos. Tools like video and testimonials are the most viewed content online and according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 78% of adult online users watch or download video (72% from YouTube and Vimeo). Creating videos, editing, and sharing online is much easier and much more cost effective than ever before.

6. Take risks and be creative. Deviate from the standard website template. Mistakes Kids Make inspired me the most because they were innovative with their website and content. When you

3 Things you Should Know when Developing a Website


After a week of readings, videos and learning resources on web-design and development, I took a step back to review what I had learned. I realized that I often make snap decisions on whether or not I like a website. Sometimes I click off a website even before I have time to process why. This week allowed me to slow down and critically reflect on what are some best practices in web design development for health. Below you will find the “3 things you should know when developing a website. “

  1. “Simplicity is key,” Mansfield, in Social Media For Social Good, recognizes the magnitude by which social media has changed, however, still emphasizes on how important it is to not do too much. Just because we can do something or design something a certain way doesn’t mean that we should. In 20 Examples of Bad Web-design, one can quickly see many examples of sites that are cluttered with too many graphics, information and colors. While reviewing these websites I became confused on where to begin, or in some instances even had difficulty reading some headings. When creating a website you want to make sure that you have consistent design and colors. In addition, you want to make sure that the way that you are formatting your site gives it a purpose-driven flow, meaning that your readers navigate through the site how you had envisioned them to.


  1. Make your site interesting. While visiting a range of sites I quickly noticed that many of these sites used multiple types of social media. They not only made their site aesthetically pleasing through the use of colors, formatting and pictures. The most appealing sites also utilized videos and slide shows that as Mansfield points out, “helps to tell the organizations story better.” It also helps to break up the content, and again, provide another way for the viewer to learn about the work and/or the message. A CURE International is a perfect example of a website that does an impressive job of making their website interesting. In addition, 41 Best Nonprofit Websites of 2014, is another great place to get a sense of the features your website should have.


  1. Update, Update, Update. On multiple occasions when visiting sites I would come across old information, or links that no longer worked. When this happened, I found myself less likely to trust the site, or I questioned the other information that they provided. If you plane on creating a campaign or providing important health information. It is imperative that you are making sure to share information in a timely manner.


There are so many other important things that one should know when developing a website, however, through my experiences the three I mentioned stood out the most to me. Websites provide another useful platform to communicate our message to our viewers. However, it is so important that we make sure that we are putting in the time to plan for, and develop these sites. Without the appropriate amount of time, our message can easily get lost. As public health professionals we have so many resources that we can use to improve the public’s health. Whichever we choose to use, we need to make sure that we fully understand how to use the tool effectively to benefit those we are trying to help.

Standing Out from the Crowd



“Your website is your starting point of your online communications and fundraising campaigns.” (Mansfield, 2012) It’s your starting block. The single place that can tell your audience who you are, what you are about, and why they should care. It is crucial to invest thought into how you are going to portray yourself as an organization and tell your story.

There are more websites than we can count and possibly ever visit, but there are qualities about some of the best websites that attract visitors every day through not only their web design, but the photos, videos, and words they use. They are each carefully selected to make the website an experience, not just a place to get information.

In honor of showing rather than telling, here are a few of the best nonprofit websites that captivate telling a story, garnering support, and taking action. They are points of inspiration for you to begin to think about what your site might look like.

  1. Not for Sale “is a movement to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking.”

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 7.46.16 PMWhy their site is awesome: Simple clean navigation allows you to experience why there is a need to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking, what they are doing to make an impact, and how you can support in one single scrolling page. Their visually stunning photos bring you into their world.


  1. Harlem Children’s Zone “has achieved unprecedented success, helping thousands of children and families and disrupting the cycle of generational poverty in Central Harlem through our innovative and effective programs.”

Why their site is awesome: As soon as you land on their front page, you see a video of children Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 7.47.48 PMlaughing, studying, playing music in the context of their school. Harlem Children’s Zone can tell you all about who they are and the impact they have made (which they do as you scroll down), but their use of video captures the essence of what they are all about. While some websites use video and photo horribly, this site has done it extraordinarily well by showing what they are all about in video playing in the background.


  1. Everytown “is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.”

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 7.43.05 PMWhy their site is awesome: They have a stellar set-up for making donations. As Mansfield (2012) puts it in Social Media for Social Good, “make the donation process as effortless and clutter-free as possible.” Their attention to the user-experience in making donations allows a potential donor to send funds with ease. Last thing you want to do is put an obstacle in the way of gaining a supporter and they understand that.





While these are just a few of standout nonprofit websites, they show that you can stay true to who you are as a nonprofit, but share who you are and what you are trying to do in creative ways. Your website is truly your starting point and foundation to your online identity. These days it doesn’t take an advanced web designer to develop a beautiful website, but it does take some thought and creativity to capture your audience in a meaningful way.

Tips to make users stay on your website



It’s clear that in the modern age of information overload, we have trained ourselves to quickly judge whether a webpage is worth our precious time. Obviously, it’s unlikely that users are reading an entire web page in 10-20 seconds. More likely, they are judging it based on the page design.


Since you want your organization’s website to be a boon to your cause (and not a detriment), you need to discover how to make it well-designed enough for your target audience to stay and read your content. This is easier said than done, but exploring a few best and worst practices will make it easier






Livestrong foundation is a non-profit providing support for cancer patients.Their website has several key strengths:

  1. Color – Livestrong has developed strong brand recognition around their bright yellow wristbands and black and yellow logo. The site is strategically designed around the black and yellow color scheme.
  2. Navigation – The mouse-over drop down menu at the top shows clear and easy navigation to various parts of the site.
  3. Strong Imagery – The largest part of the initial view of the home page is taken by large high-quality scrolling images of people who have been helped by the program.



Counterspill is a website documenting oil spills and other energy disasters. You’ll see they use several highly effective design techniques including:

  1. Vivid color – the color-scheme of the site is bold and aesthetically pleasing
  2. Legible font – All the fonts are plain, high contrast, and legible, but not immediately recognizable stock fonts
  3. Interactivity – the best thing about this site is the prominently placed, interactive, infographic on the home page: a map of the globe which provides information on spills when you hover over. Creating widgets like these, although potentially difficult, is a fantastic way to keep your audience interacting with your content.


It is not my intention to be negative or hyper-critical; I certainly knew very little about web design until recently. However, for the sake of a best practices discussion, I’ve included the following example of a health related blog that could use design improvement. (I’m sure the content is great, but I had a hard time staying on the page for more than 20 seconds to find out…)

Better Health for All

  1. Bland colors – with the exception of a picture of fruit at the header, the entire site is white or off-white, with black or dark green text.
  2. Poor navigation – several of the quicklinks at the top are confusing or uninformative as to what they are. What is FPH? “Competition in NHS… etc” sounds like an article title, not a quick-nav tab. Also the twitter feed on the side does not have any unique formatting, coloring or branding to distinguish it as a social media feed. Embedding the tweets would be much better.
  3. Content of posts – The blog posts are visually uninteresting to scroll through. They rarely if ever use photographs or figures. In fact they seldom even break the articles into subsections or use bold eye-catching headers and titles. This discourages readers from bothering to skim your content for an interesting section or post. Instead they are more likely to exit the site altogether and continue web-surfing elsewhere.




  • Use clear, legible high-contrast fonts.
  • Don’t shy away from vivid colors and visually interesting backgrounds.
  • Use lots of high quality photos to drive home your message and maintain interest.
  • Use lines, section breaks, embedded widgets, etc. to liven up and visually organize your page.
  • Make your navigation toolbar informative and easy-to-understand for first-time visitors

If you stick to these tips, users just might stick enough to read your fantastic content!