Health Communication Division

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Health Communication, added as a focus area to Healthy People 2010 and 2020, is one of the most visible and grant-funded areas of scholarship within and outside NCA. The centrality and influence of health communication is evidenced by Institute of Medicine reports that highlight its importance, the Health Communication and Informatics Research branch of the National Cancer Institute, the proliferation of graduate programs and positions in the area, and the increase in specialized conferences for health communication research and practice. Major professional organizations outside communication (e.g., American Public Health Association) offer forums for sharing health-communication scholarship. The APHA, the ICA, and the NCA jointly run the Coalition for Health Communication. Given this recognition, NCA’s Health Communication Division plays a significant role in representing the discipline as it works to advance theory, research, teaching, and practical applications of human and mediated communication to health care and health promotion. The division sponsors an Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award, Top Dissertation/Thesis Awards (with ICA’s Health Communication Division), and a Distinguished Book and Article/Chapter Award to recognize exceptional health communication scholarship. The division also holds a “doctoral and early career” pre-conference every two years to enhance the academic work, research, and network of doctoral students and recent Ph.D.s working to establish their career and research agenda. 

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Health Communication Division December Newsletter!

2023 Interest Group Leadership

  • Chair: Leandra Hernandez, Utah Valley University
  • Vice Chair: Jill Yamasaki, University of Houston
  • Vice Chair-Elect: Charee Mooney Thompson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Immediate Past Chair: Ambar Basu, University of South Florida
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Committee
    • Rati Kumar, San Diego State University
    • Wei Peng
    • Amanda R. Martinez

2023 NCA Positions

  • Legislative Assembly
    • Grace Brannon
    • R.J. Lambert
  • Nominating Committee
    • Ambar Basu, University of South Florida

HCD Membership (2013-2023)

*Official count taken each January.

109th Annual Convention -- National Harbor, MD -- November 16 - 19, 2023.


Convention Resources

  • HCD Call -- Deadline: Thursday, March 29, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific.
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