DCHC 2017 – April 27-29


The Department of Communication at George Mason University announces the innovative 2017 D.C. Health Communication Conference, “Patient-Centered Communication,” April 27–29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax at Fair Lakes.



2017 Website: http://dchc2017.onair.cc/
Conference Manager: Anne Nicotera dchc@gmu.edu
Abstract submission: Kevin Wright, Main Conference Program Planner, dchc@gmu.edu
Preconference & Atkin Award: Gary Kreps, Preconference Manager & Atkin Award Committee Chair, gkreps@gmu.edu
Website info: Brittany Sanders, Assistant Conference Manager & Webmaster, dchc@gmu.edu

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The main conference will feature competitive papers, posters and panel sessions covering not only issues related to the conference theme of “Patient-Centered Health Communication” but also to broadly defined concerns across a breadth of topics relevant to health communication research and practice. The conference reception Friday evening will be held in a lovely outdoor setting to offer participants an opportunity to relax after a full day of work. Saturday, April 29th will continue additional competitive paper and panel sessions and will conclude with a luncheon keynote presentation by the winner of The Charles Atkin Award for Outstanding Translational Health Communication Scholar. Top paper and poster awards will also be given at this luncheon.  Abstract programmed in poster sessions are eligible for poster awards in three categories: Top Student, Top Early Career Scholar, and Top Overall. Abstracts accepted for panel presentations will be eligible for awards in those same categories, provided that complete papers are submitted by February 15th. Specific instructions will be given at the time of acceptance.

Conference Sponsors

Funding for DCHC and its partner conference, KCHC, was made possible in part by a grant
(R13CA168316) from the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.

The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade name, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Additional support provided by the GMU Department of Communication and the Center for Health and Risk Communication.

Program Schedule

Thursday, April 27

7:00 – 7:30  Optional Health Walk
Through the beautiful Fair Lakes area Gary Kreps, George Mason University
Please meet in hotel lobby at 7:00 to begin the walk.

8:00 – 9:15   Registration and Continental Breakfast
Virginia Suites

9:15 – 9:30 Welcome by Gary Kreps
Commonwealth Ballroom

9:30 – 10:45 Federal Health Communication Funding Opportunities Panel*
Commonwealth A-B
Kelly Blake, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, National
Cancer Institute,
Symma Finn, Population Health Branch, National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences, (invited)
Martha Hare, Center for Scientific Review, NIH (invited)
Rob Logan, National Library of Medicine (invited)
Bill Riley, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, NIH (invited)
Cynthia Vinson, Implementation Science Team, National Cancer Institute,
Patricia Weber, Small Business Innovation Research Development Center,
National Cancer Institute, (invited)
*invited speakers may be substituted by their agencies. Confirmed speakers will be listed in final

10:45 – 12:00 Roundtable Funding Meetings with Federal Program Officers
Virginia Suites

11:00 – 11:30 Break

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch
Hyatt Atrium

1:15 – 3:15 Multi-Channel Health Communication Applications Research Panel
Commonwealth Ballroom
Xiaoquan Zhao, George Mason University
Kevin Wright, George Mason University
Kathy Rowan, George Mason University

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:45 Research and Practice Panel, Health Behavior Change Campaigns in the Military: Harnessing the Power of Social Norms & Multiple Health Communication
Commonwealth Ballroom
Kristina Cook, Booz Allen Hamilton
Danika Rainer, Booz Allen Hamilton
Rick Black, Booz Allen Hamilton
Caroline Miles, Booz Allen Hamilton

4:45 – 5:00 Preconference Closing remarks by Gary Kreps
Commonwealth Ballroom

5:00 – 7:00 No-Host Reception

Friday, April 28

7:00 – 7:30 Optional Health Walk
Through the beautiful Fair Lakes area Gary Kreps, George
Mason University Please meet in hotel lobby at 7:00 to begin the walk.

7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 Conference Opening; Welcoming Remarks; Keynote Address by Marcus Engel
Commonwealth Ballroom

9:45 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 11:30 3 Concurrent panels
Commonwealth A-C

11:30 – 1:00 Lunch (on your own) or Roundtable Discussion on Interprofessional

1:00 – 2:30 3 Concurrent panels (competitively selected papers/panels)

2:30 – 2:45 Break with snack available

2:45 – 4:15 Competitively Selected Poster Session 1:
Odd numbered posters presented from 2:45 ‐ 3:25. Even numbered posters presented from 3:25 ‐ 4:05.
Poster take down from 4:05 ‐ 4:15
Virginia Suites

4:15 – 4:30 Break

4:30 – 6:00 3 Concurrent panels (competitively selected papers/panels)
Commonwealth A-C

6:00 – 8:00 Dinner (on your own)

6:15 – 6:45 Memorial Session Honoring our Friend and Colleague Dr. Tim Edgar

8:30 – 11:00 Conference Reception (no host)

Saturday, April 29

7:00 – 7:30 Optional Health Walk
Through the beautiful Fair Lakes area Gary Kreps, George
Mason University Please meet in hotel lobby at 7:00 to begin the walk.

7:00 – 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 8:15 Q&A with National Cancer Institute

8:30 – 10:00 3 Concurrent panels (competitively selected papers/panels)
Commonwealth A-C

10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 11:45 Competitively Selected Poster Session 2:
Odd numbered posters presented from 10:15 ‐ 10:55. Even numbered posters presented from 10:55 ‐ 11:35.
Poster take down from 11:35 ‐ 11:45

11:45 – 12:00 Break

12:00 – 1:30 Conference Awards Luncheon and Keynote Address by Atkin Award Winner
Commonwealth Ballroom

Preliminary Program PDF


Call for Abstracts

The deadline for submitting one page abstracts is December 1, 2016. Submission will be through the DCHC website, and the link will be live in early November. We encourage both new and seasoned health communication scholars to submit their work. Those who submit abstracts will be informed of acceptance by January 20, 2017. Submit abstracts online to:  http://dchc.gmu.edu/submission.


Translational Research Scholar Award

The 4th Translational Health Communication Scholar Award will be presented at the conference to an eminent scholar who has made major contributions to health communication research, practice, and policy. Nominations for this award will be accepted until February 1, 2017 at: gkreps@gmu.edu. A nomination should consist of a letter detailing why the nominee deserves the award, accompanied by the nominee’s CV.


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