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The National Communication Association Presents “The Politics of Health and Healthcare: Communicating about Health in Presidential Election Year,” A Virtual Public Program

September 30, 2020

(Washington, DC) — The National Communication Association recently released a special public program episode of Communication Matters: The NCA Podcast featuring a panel of health communication experts, moderated by NCA Executive Director Trevor Parry-Giles. The panelists addressed a variety of topics related to healthcare, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the presidential election, including the politicization of COVID-19 communication, the role of educators in countering misinformation about the pandemic, how journalists can respond to the spread of misinformation, and how exposure to political rhetoric about the virus has influenced voters.  

You can watch the virtual public program on NCA’s YouTube page, or listen to the special episode of the Communication Matters podcast.


  • Ambar Basu, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communication, University of South Florida

Dr. Basu’s research explores how individuals and communities living at the margins of society communicate about health, illness, and well-being.

  • Eduardo J. Gómez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Health, Lehigh University

Dr. Gómez focuses on the politics of healthcare policy reform. Gómez’s current research explores the politics of the United States and Brazil’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Susan Mello, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Northeastern University

Dr. Mello’s recent work explores how exposure to risk information in the media, specifically about COVID-19, environmental toxins, and cancer, impacts individual perceptions and protective health behaviors.

  • Heather Zoller, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communication, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Zoller’s research addresses communication and the politics of public health.

Learn more about the panelists and the virtual public program here.


To arrange an interview with one or all of the panelists, contact Grace Hébert at 202-534-1104 or

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