BeforePlay and Beyond
This isn’t the first time we’ve posted about Beforeplay.org and it probably won’t be the last. We’re so psyched to be working with them and to see them getting some much-deserved media attention. Though their excellent, locally tailored campaign is all their own, you may have noticed traces of Bedsider on the website itself.
Martha Kempner noted in her RH Reality Check piece about the Colorado-based campaign that there “are now countless websites devoted to sharing information about contraception, STDs, and sexual health…each has a slightly different audience but I do question whether we could do even better if we just pooled our resources to make existing sites better rather than continue to put up new ones.” It’s nice to be able to say that in this case, Bedsider and the BeforePlay folks did just that. BeforePlay uses Bedsider’s health center and emergency contraception (EC) finder databases and their team helped us to improve the information the databases offer on Colorado health centers and EC. BeforePlay also used some of our information and images (the method detail pages and “Real Stories” will look particularly familiar to Bedsider users) in their birth control section.
We’ve put a lot into our site with the goal of being a resource to individuals as well as health care providers and other partners, but we can’t be all things to all audiences, so we love that the BeforePlay team took what they found useful from Bedsider and tailored it to Coloradans. We hope to work with other state and local partners in similar ways going forward. There are plenty of ways to use our resources already by embedding videos from our YouTube channel or using our free birth control finder on your own website. We also invite you to reach out via info[at]bedsider[dot]org if you know of a state or local initiative you think we should work with.
And now, another BeforePlay video we love for your viewing pleasure:
Spotted: Bedsider does DC!
What do Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, LA, Miami, NY, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and DC have in common? They’re the cities where our “Don’t Give Up” posters should be cropping up in bars and on college campuses in the coming weeks. Yup, our friends at the Ad Council sent posters to locations in those twelve cities and we’ve already spotted one in DC.
This is where you come in. Your mission, should you choose to accept it (and should you live in or plan to be visiting one of these cities), is to take a picture of any Bedsider posters you happen upon and send us your photos. Ready? Go!