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Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

How we gave Michigan the skinny on getting healthier.

Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health

Problem: 

According to the CDC, Michigan is the fifth heaviest state in the nation, with 67% of its adult population overweight or obese. This costs the state billions in medical costs each year. The Michigan Department of Community Health asked us to create a comprehensive multimedia campaign to encourage Michigan residents to lose weight. Our research led us to recommend a weight loss goal of 10% of body weight—a goal that, though modest and unintimidating, would significantly improve risk factors for chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.

Solution: 

The overall campaign, called MI Healthier Tomorrow, focused on brand engagement and was integrated across multiple channels. Promoting through television, radio and more, we asked Michigan residents to sign a pledge to lose 10% on a specially designed microsite. We sent them a starter kit full of helpful tips, a shopping guide, coupons and free gifts. We engaged them with a dedicated Facebook page, inspirational and educational text messages and emails. In addition, we formed a wide-array of community partnerships to support their efforts. McDonald's, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Compuware, Quicken Loans, Huntington Bank, William Beaumont Hospital, the YMCA, Meijer and others partnered with us to broaden the reach of this critical effort to improve the health of our state.

To date, more than 32,000 Michigan residents have taken the pledge, most receiving starter kits and regular emails. Many have connected on Facebook to offer each other additional support and encouragement. Most importantly, Michigan has dropped from the 5th fattest state to the 11th fattest state.

How we helped MDCH talk to teens about... er... umm... S-E-X.

Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health: Abstinence

Problem: 

Michigan Department of Community Health wanted to talk about sex. They wanted two age groups of teenagers (12-15 and 16-18) to know that it’s okay to wait,  and even if you did “it” once, that doesn’t mean you can’t practice abstinence now.

Solution: 

Focus group testing revealed that 12-15 year olds responded well to getting the message from a role model, while 16-18 year olds were more impressed by reminders of consequences. So Brogan & Partners developed separate messages for the two groups.   

Two TV spots—“I Wish I Waited” and “Take it Back”-- ran on TV, cable and YouTube.

The TV spots were viewed nearly 400,000 times on YouTube, with an additional 731,000 views through the interactive ads (a total of over a million views).

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How we kept gamblers from losing it all.











Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health

Problem: 

As gambling continued to become more available in the state, the Michigan Department of Community Health was looking for a way to reach people with potential gambling problems. MDCH wanted to offer confidential, 24-hour counseling support for those who gamble more than they can afford to lose.

Solution: 

We created a dramatic and emotional campaign that included television, print and interactive rich media. Our expandable rich media alone generated more than 1.2 million impressions in less than six months and an average expansion rate of 6.44%, considerably higher than the industry average of 1.6%.

How our kids sing the darndest things.

Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health

Problem: 

Parents smoking around children is a deadly serious issue. Our target audience is parents of children, specifically mothers and pregnant women. With a small budget and a very specific audience, we wanted to motivate smokers to pick up the phone to call the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Michigan Tobacco Quitline.

Solution: 

Research shows that the number one motivator for people to quit smoking is the negative impact on the health of their children. Even though most smokers are aware that secondhand smoke is harmful, it’s motivating to remind parents of the hazard and give them a free and effective resource to help them quit.

For this campaign, our creative director took an old, classic, public domain song "Secondhand Rose" and re-wrote the lyrics from a child's perspective. An engaging youngster outlines for parents the dangers of secondhand smoke. Working within our budget, we were able to produce a memorable longer-format YouTube video that has been hugely successful with more than 130,000 views and counting. The Quitline received 874 calls, including a significant number of pregnant women, an important part of the target audience. We supported this with radio media as well.

How we gave Michigan the good news about more affordable health insurance.








Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health

Problem: 

Beginning April 1, 2014, nearly half a million working people were eligible for a new health insurance plan under Medicaid Expansion called the Healthy Michigan Plan. How do we spread the word to all qualified citizens, so that no one misses this new opportunity?

Solution: 

By researching this target audience (hourly wage workers previously ineligible for Medicaid), we learned what messages would work for them and the best places to reach them. We developed a media plan that included television, radio, Google search, outdoor, transit, interactive banner advertising, a consumer website, a mobile site and a resource website where businesses and community organizations could get materials to help promote the plan. Using the straightforward message that more people in Michigan can now be covered by affordable health insurance, the print and TV featured a collage of Polaroid-type photos depicting the kinds of workers who would be eligible for the plan.

Within four weeks of launch, Michigan was providing coverage to nearly 160,000 Michigan residents under the Healthy Michigan Plan. To date, the plan has nearly 600,000 enrollees.  

How we raised the bar for free HIV treatment.

Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health

Problem: 

The Michigan Department of Community Health requested we communicate the availability of free treatment resources for HIV positive individuals. Key challenges: discreetly find individuals who need the free HIV treatments; be sensitive to this serious issue while also reaching out to them in a memorable way.

Solution: 

We worked with experts who work closely with the community. We held focus groups with HIV positive individuals. We developed a guerrilla marketing campaign for bars, festivals and local venues. Since the launch of the campaign, the percentage of HIV Positive individuals receiving care has climbed dramatically from 52% in 2011 to 64% in 2014. This campaign was also a hit among industry peers as well, winning recognition at award shows such as the Telly Awards, Communicator Awards, Hermes, Summit Creative Awards and more.

How we helped MDCH focus teen drivers' attention on driving.

Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health: Teen Driving

Problem: 

The Michigan Department of Community Health was looking to decrease new teen drivers’ chances of accidents. Inexperience and distractions of all sorts work against them. MDCH wanted to promote the Parent-Teen Driving Agreement which encourages a solid commitment to safer driving.

Solution: 

Brogan & Partners developed creative that outlined the elements of the plan and connected with parents. Interactive ads were placed on sites our target audiences (adults with teenaged children) visit, and posters were displayed in Secretary of State offices (giving our audience ample time to read them).   

After the paid media campaign started, visits to the website jumped by 56%. Of the people who came to the site, 44% registered for the Parent-Teen Agreement during the paid media campaign.

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How smoking children set the phone on fire.

Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health

Problem: 

With a significantly reduced budget, spreading an anti-smoking message and offering smokers a free phone counselor would be difficult. Smokers knew the facts about their dangerous habit, and many had tried to quit before, but were unsuccessful. We needed an unexpected approach to make them listen.

Solution: 

We believed smokers might not quit for themselves, but they'd quit for their children. With this memorable campaign, calls to the Quitline jumped from 227 to more than 1,000 a month. The campaign's influence grew as health departments in other states requested to run the spots. The spots won prestigious Radio-Mercury and Mobius awards.

How we made the H1N1 vaccine go viral.

Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health

Problem: 

TV news was reporting that a new and dangerous strain of flu virus was going to be hitting us in the upcoming flu season. People were concerned about what to do. MDCH wanted to give people the knowledge they needed to protect themselves from the H1N1 virus: wash your hands, cover your sneezes and get the H1N1 vaccination.

Solution: 

The easier this information was to access, the more people would listen to the message and stop the spread of the flu. In addition to traditional media, we created various mobile media elements for our campaign to our targeted population—web banners, mobile ads and a mobile site with our H1N1 TV spot. This generated more than 3 million impressions on mobile devices with over 17,000 clicks through to the website and the ability to "Stop the Spread" by spreading the knowledge and sharing the site with friends.

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Client Hurrahs

  • Brogan & Partners has worked on a wide variety of health issues for us over the years. They have not only consistently provided innovative ideas and award winning campaigns, but they continue to help us work towards our overall goal of improving the health of Michigan residents.  Their creativity, expertise, and enthusiasm makes them an invaluable partner in our... More

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