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.

  • Creating social scholarship via Health Hubs

    The Mayo Clinic Academic Appointments & Promotions Committee considers social media scholarship as criteria for academic promotion, paving the way for more institutions to follow.

    Cabrera and Mayo colleagues (2017) offer an Impact Grid for assessing social media scholarship in More than Likes and Tweets: Creating Social Media Portfolios for Academic Promotion and Tenure. Their video (below) gives even deeper insight.

    Here are 5 ways to use the Open Network of Health Hubs as a ‘virtual collaboratory’ – to advance careers – within and outside of academe.

  • Gary Kreps interviews Jay Bernhardt 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' Day 1 Wrap Up Gary Kreps’ Day 1 Wrap Up

    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

  • Academy on Communication in Healthcare

    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

  • Federal Funding Opportunities Federal Funding Opportunities

    9:30 – 10:45  Panel
    Commonwealth A-B

    Panelists: Kelly Blake (HCIRB), Martha Hare (CSR), Rob Logan (NLM), Cynthia Vinson (CST), Patti Weber (SBIR)


    Kelly Blake,  Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB), National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    Martha Hare,  Center for Scientific Review (CSR), NIH
    Rob Logan, National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH
    Cynthia Vinson, Implementation Science Team (IST), NCI
    Patti Weber,  Small Business Innovation Research Development Center (SBIR) NCI

  • Gary Kreps 2 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.

  • #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.

Health Communication Tweets

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