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Call for Nominations: Lewis Donohew Outstanding Scholar in Health Communication Award.

Preconference: Thursday, April 7
Promoting Academic-Clinical Research Partnerships in Health Communication

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Health communication is inherently interdisciplinary, informed not only by communication scientists who bring expertise in theories that describe, explain, and guide the creation of shared meaning through conversation but also clinicians who bring expertise in disease diagnosis and treatment and patient care. To advance health communication research and practice, we ideally would have interdisciplinary teams comprising academics and clinicians working together to tackle the tough questions in healthcare. Yet examples of such teams are relatively rare, communication scientists often face challenges gaining entre to clinical settings, and clinical researchers face limitations in the questions they can ask and answer without benefit of communication theory and methods. With such emphasis today on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions to promote health and prevent disease, there is more need than ever to establish these partnerships. The purpose of the 2022 KCHC preconference is to begin to work on this challenge. In this one-day preconference, we will ask and begin to answer the following question: What steps do we need to take to develop a sustainable strategy to link academic communication researchers to clinical researchers/practitioners?

Our preconference program is currently under development by KCHC and DCHC program planners, a representative from the Department of GME and Clinical Research at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, and representatives from the Academy of Communication in Healthcare. However, topics we anticipate addressing include the following...  (Read More)

Conference: Friday and Saturday, April 8-9
Communication Strategies to Promote Comprehensive Well-being

The 17th biennial Kentucky Conference on Health Communication will consist of two and a half days of competitive paper and panel presentations, a competitive poster session, and invited speaker presentations. Thursday, April 7, will be devoted to a preconference on Promoting Academic-Clinical Research Partnerships in Health Communication. Friday, April 8, will feature competitive paper, poster, and panel sessions covering not only issues related to the conference theme, Communication Strategies to Promote Comprehensive Well-being, but also issues pertinent to health communication research and practice broadly defined. The conference reception Friday evening offers participants an opportunity to relax after a full day of sessions. Saturday, April 9 will feature additional competitive paper, poster, and panel sessions and a luncheon presentation by the winner of the Lewis Donohew Outstanding Scholar in Health Communication Award.

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Keynote Address: April 8, 2022, 8:30-9:45
Dr. Kasisomayajula "Vish" Viswanath

Vish Viswanath

Dr. Viswanath is Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and in the McGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). He is also the Faculty Director of the Health Communication Core of the Dana- Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC).

Other additional administrative and scientific leadership positions held by Dr. Viswanath include Director of the Center for Translational Communication Science, DFCI/Harvard Chan; Director, Harvard Chan India Research Center and Co-Director, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, Harvard Chan.  He is the founding Director of DF/HCC’s Enhancing Communications for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Laboratory....  (Read More)

Preconference Speakers

Preconference speakers will present on April 07, 2022.

Kami Silk Pre-Conference Speaker

Kami Silk, (Ph.D., University of Georgia) was appointed as Rosenberg Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware on September 1st, 2018. Dr. Silk is a health communication scholar who investigates how to communicate effectively to promote positive health outcomes among the lay public. Her recent research has focused on translational science related to breast cancer risk reduction, social norms, improving nutritional practices among adolescent mothers for obesity reduction, and promotion of prevention behaviors related to COVID-19. Her research has been published in the Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior, and Health Promotion & Practice. Dr. Silk was a researcher with the Breast Cancer and Environment Research where she served as the PI of two NIEHS grants and as a Co-I of another breast cancer project. Her BCERP work includes communication science research and outreach activities to educate girls, parents, and pediatric health care providers about the links between the environment and breast cancer.


Conference Proceedings from KCHC 2020 are available here.

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