Not quite ready for my closeup.

Chapin Hemmingway

In 2016, Coates Kokes helped the Oregon Health Authority launch a marijuana youth prevention campaign.  The research indicated teens wished to hear from adults who had used marijuana in the past.  We conceived of a video to test in focus groups that featured a former pot smoker who questioned his marijuana use as a teenager.

I offered to take on the role of our fictional pothead.   Read more…

Speaking From The Heart

Sue Van Brocklin

“It was with you the first time you blew out your candles. It was definitely there for your first slow dance. It’s been given away and it’s been stolen too many times to count. It’s even been broken a time or two….”

As you can tell, we’re talking about your heart. Timed for February, National Heart Month, and the heart-filled celebration of Valentine’s Day, these Adventist Health radio spots are bringing attention to Read more…

State Public Health Officer Dr. Mel Kohn Voted Best Keeper of the Calm for His Work on H1N1

Mel Kohn was named by Willamette Week (this week’s issue) as the Best Keeper of the Calm for his work on H1N1. You can read the blurb below.

Best Keeper of the Calm
Remember when Read more…

Eat Your Fiber

Adventist Medical Center recently hosted another of their wellness seminars, this one about The Full Plate Diet and featured the doctors and authors of the book. The book is a NY Times and USA Today bestseller and goes into depth about why a fiber-rich diet is not only healthy but will also help you lose weight. Our own Anne Hoffman was on the scene Read more…

New Flu Television Spot

A new flu/H1N1 television spot launched this week. Keeping up with the pandemic has been interesting. As the H1N1 flu threat wanes, the need to encourage everyone to get their seasonal flu shots has grown. Knowing things could change but not knowing when, we created spots that were flexible enough to swap in new messages as needed. This latest one and the previous have been adjusted to meet current needs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_ Read more…

Communications Solutions for a Pandemic

Coates Kokes is fortunate to have a number of causes as clients. It’s an area that has become a specialty of sorts for the agency in recent years, and it makes for rewarding work even if it is filled with the pressures inevitably involved when the environment or even lives are at stake. The State of Oregon’s Department of Human Services has recently tapped the agency to help in the fight against the H1N1 flu virus. Read more…