The Health Communication Working Group (HCWG) is part of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) section of the American Public Health Association (APHA)
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Mission and History
HCWG Officers and Committee Chairs
Archived eNewsletters 2010-2011
Annual Social Event
Annual APHA Film Festival
Annual PHEHP Awards
The mission of HCWG is to create a forum for interaction and information exchange to encourage innovative theory and research-based, consumer-oriented health communication programs and processes that are fully integrated into public health practice and health communication research. We will accomplish this by building a network of health communication and public health professionals, researchers, students, and medical practitioners.
To view the HCWG Bylaws, click here.
HCWG Founding Members' Video
In 1997 and 1998 at the Annual APHA meetings in Indianapolis and Washington, DC, respectively, members of the APHA Public Health Promotion and Health Education (PHEHP) Section expressed interest in health communication education, research and practice issues.
Six purpose areas identified
PHEHP formed the Health Communication Working Group (HCWG) out of a need for collaboration and an identity within public health and surveyed its members to identify its key purpose areas:
1. Network with colleagues;
2. Learn about new strategies in health communication;
3. Obtain new resources;
4. Learn about cutting-edge technologies;
5. Create a voice or presence within APHA;
6. Obtain information about job and training opportunities in the following areas:
HCWG Steering Committee Officers and Committee Chairs
Today, HCWG is lead by a steering committee with support from the following subcommittees: Awards, Communication, Annual Film Festival, Fundraising, Health People 2020, Program Planning and Social Event
2011 Sub Committee Chairs
APHA HCWG Scientific Sessions and Poster Sessions
for the 139th Annual APHA Meeting, Washington DC
The program planning team, chaired by Doug Rupert, has finalized the list of APHA scientific sessions that were accepted for the 139th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
HCWG has planned a total of 12 oral and poster sessions, including a Roundtable session, Online, Social, and Mobile Media Strategies, [pdf] and a joint session between HCWG and the Food and Nutrition Section entitled Communities Putting Prevention to Work: Obesity Campaigns Big and Small: Laying the Groundwork for Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change [pdf].
This year's solicited session entitled Social and Mobile Media to Improve Community and Individual Health, [pdf] was organized by Jen Manganello and will feature five panelists discussing how social networking, mobile apps, and other interactive technology influence health.
Please see the following HCWG Session Schedule 2011 pdf
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12th Annual HCWG Social Event
Health Communications Working Group Celebrates
Voices Improving Community Wellness at Annual APHA Social
Sunday, October 30, 2011, 7-9pm
Washington DC Convention Center, Salon B
The PHEHP Health Communication Working Group (HCWG) is well into planning its annual social event during the 139th Annual APHA meeting in Washington, DC, to be held on Sunday, October 30, 2011, 7:00-9:00 pm at the DC Convention Center in Salon B.
Co-chairs Julia Fine and Julie Tu Payiatas, have announced that Voices Improving Community Wellness is the theme for this year’s social event, echoing the conference’s focus on prevention and health promotion. Attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres such as Thai chicken spring rolls, mushroom and goat cheese egg rolls, gruyere and leek quiche, and sliced fruit. Complimentary soda will also be served, along with a cash bar for wine, spirits and beer.
Each guest will also receive a raffle ticket to win door prizes including current health communication books and journals donated by Jones and Bartlett Learning, Taylor and Francis, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, and Sage publications. Please join us for this engaging evening to network with sponsors, students, and leaders in public health communication.
Check out our photos from past social events:
59 Films and Media Productions to be screened at the
8th Annual APHA Film Festival
in Washington DC, October 31 – Nov. 2, 2011
Now featured as an Annual Meeting Highlight on the APHA website
Gary Black, Film Festival founder and co-organizer, is announcing this year's topics for the 8th Annual APHA Film Festival. Fifty-nine films and media productions were chosen from a record number of submissions. The subjects range from a 90-second "commercial" for the rising concerns about youth violence and school safety, to an excerpt from a 90-minute feature length documentary that seeks to address a growing number of parents who question the value and safety of vaccinating their children.
Special thanks goes to University of North Carolina at Charlotte Health Communication Interns, Ronald Lee, Ashley Farley, and Claudette Johnson for helping to catalogue the film topics.
Abstracts for the film festival can be found in our Online Program.
For the latest information on the Film Festival and other HCWG activities at APHA, follow us on Twitter! Tweet if you plan to attend and use the APHA Annual Meeting hastag: #apha10.
Organized by HCWG and the International Health Section, the Annual APHA Film Festival is the first and only national film festival dedicated to public health.
Be sure to join us for this year's Film Festival in Washington, DC!
2011 APHA PHEHP Awards
Becky Cline, PhD, Chair of the Awards Committee, is announcing this year’s PHEHP Awards for the upcoming APHA meeting in Washington, DC.
Join us in congratulating this year's fellow HCWG members who will be receiving awards at APHA:
Early Career Award goes to Doug Rupert, MPH, scientist in RTI International’s Health Communication program, was nominated by HCWG chair, Marla Clayman, PhD, MPH.
Mr. Rupert has a dual background in public health and strategic communication, and specializes in researching, designing, and evaluating health communication and social marketing campaigns on topics such as prescription and OTC medications, cancer prevention / survivorship, unintentional injury, environmental health, and patient-provider communication. His current focus is on how consumers make decisions about prescription medications and how direct-to-consumer marketing influences those decisions.
Mr. Rupert earned his Master of Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he earned his Bachelor of Science in Communication from the Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University. Doug resides in Chapel Hill, NC, with his wife, Amy, and their brand new twins boys—Alexander and Nicholas.
Everett Rogers Award goes to Rajiv N. Rimal, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society and a Senior Evaluation Officer at the Center for Communication Programs at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Jude McDivitt, PhD, past HCWG Chair, nominated Dr. Rimal who will share the award with Jay Bernhardt, PhD, Chair and Professor, Director, Center for Digital Health & Wellness, Department of Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida.
Dr. Rimal’s expertise is in health communication and behavior change, and his most current work has focused on using mass media and interpersonal communication for AIDS prevention in sub-Saharan Africa. He has worked in Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, Ethiopia, and India. His research interests focus on the relationship between risk perception, social norms, and human behavior. He has taught health communication for more than 15 years and mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students in both Communication and Public Health programs.
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