About this Hub

This Hub will crowdsource and curate the best knowledge about health communication research, education, and practice to enable global learning, collaboration, and innovation across all sectors and disciplines.

To build global visibility in the Health Communication field, Hub members can create their profiles, share posts about their research, educational or other resources, launch and archive livestreamed, interactive Aircasts - on topics of expertise.

Posts and profiles can be easily shared by their authors to any Hub in the onHealth Knowledge Network of Hubs and updated automatically wherever they are shared.

Health Communication Overview

Health communication is the study and practice of communicating promotional health information, such as in public health campaigns, health education, and between doctor and patient.

The purpose of disseminating health information is to influence personal health choices by improving health literacy.

Because effective health communication must be tailored for the audience and the situation, research into health communication seeks to refine communication strategies to inform people about ways to enhance health or to avoid specific health risks.[3] Academically, health communication is a discipline within communication studies.

  • 2017 ICCH/HARC Conference

    Join the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare in Baltimore, October 8-11, 2017, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott for a joint meeting of ICCH and HARC!

    We are proud to host the combined meeting of the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare – ICCH and the Health Literacy Annual Research Conference — HARC. We have assembled an outstanding line-up of keynote speakers for our conference, bringing unique perspectives on our common commitment to quality communication and health equity in the delivery of effective and responsive care.

    We have also planned a fantastic schedule of oral and poster presentations, workshops and symposia, as well as “Meet the Professor/Leader,” “Pairing with Colleagues,” and Special Interest Group sessions.

  • Gary Kreps interviews Jay Bernhardt

    Gary Kreps interviews Charles Atkin Translational Research Award Winner Jay Bernhardt at the DCHC 2017 conference.

    The conference theme was “Patient-centered Health Communication”.

    Saturday April, 29, 2017 | 11:45
    onAir Studio | 11:45 am | 7:28 elapsed time
    Fairfax Hyatt Regency, Fairfax, VA

  • Gary Kreps Wrap Up – 9/27/17

    DCHC 2017 Day 1

    Alicia Mason interviews Gary Kreps about Day 1 of the DCHC 2017 Conference

    Thursday April, 28, 2017 | 6:15 pm
    onAir Studio | 9:22 elapsed time
    Fairfax Hyatt Regency, Fairfax, VA

  • Insomnia Hub

    The Insomnia Hub is curated by health change agents (educators, clinicians, researchers, & students) who interprofessionally share their knowledge — ‘what’s proven to work & where to find it’ — to LEAD.

    Leverage social media to
    Engage and share knowledge interprofessionally to
    Accelerate population health &
    Disseminate ‘what works’ for health & well-being.

  • American Academy on Communication in Healthcare

    The American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) has been at the forefront of research and teaching relationship-centered healthcare communication.

    Whether you are an RN or a health system executive, a physician or a healthcare educator, an academic researcher or student, a patient or a caregiver, you know that communication is the key to exceptional patient care.

    If you are looking for ways to improve patient safety, interdisciplinary teamwork, patient satisfaction scores, or just want to develop your individual communication skills, AACH can help.

  • Mason Health Communication PhD

    The 60-credit (post M.A.) doctoral program in communication focuses on health and strategic communication. It prepares students for increasingly complex public and private communication environments.

    Students receive a strong theoretical and multi-methodological foundation which enables them to examine the critical role communication performs in health promotion, disease prevention, quality of care, risk assessment, and crisis management

Featured Educator

  • Gary Kreps

    University Distinguished Professor, Department of Communication, George Mason University
    Director, Center for Health and Risk Communication

    Gary Kreps’ areas of expertise include health communication and promotion, information dissemination, organizational communication, information technology, multicultural relations, risk/crisis management, health informatics, and applied research methods.

    Dr. Kreps is an advisor to numerous health communications-related organizations including the Open Network Alliance onHealth Hubs.

  • Jeanine Guidry

    Assistant Professor, Robertson School of Media and Culture, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Interests: The role of social media and mobile technology in health, risk, and crisis communication.

  • #NotOkay

     Stories about abuse on Instagram and Twitter

    Presenter:  Jeanine Guidry

    Jeanine Guidry, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Caroline Orr, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Kellie Carlyle, Virginia Commonwealth University

    In the current study, a quantitative content analysis was conducted on a random sample of 1,000 Instagram posts and 1,000 tweets using the hashtag #NotOkay. The analysis focused specifically on the type of information included, the frequency of engagement by users on both types of posts, and a comparison between the two platforms. Recognizing that sexual abuse is embedded within a larger sociocultural context, we conceptualized the analysis using the Social Ecological Model as the theoretical framework.

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