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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)

Mission and  History 

Founders video

HCWG Officers and Committee Chairs

HCWG eNewsletter

Archived eNewsletters 2010-2011

Scientific Sessions

Annual Social Event

Annual APHA Film Festival

Annual PHEHP Awards


Our Mission

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.

 View the HCWG Bylaws.

 HCWG History

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.

PHEHP went on to form the Health Communication Working Group (HCWG) out of a need for collaboration and an identity for communication professionals within public health. 

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 HCWG Steering Committee Officers and Committee Chairs

Today, HCWG is lead by a steering committee with support from the following subcommittees: Awards, Communication, Film Festival, Fundraising, Health People 2020, Program Planning and Social Event

2014 Officers

Position Name Contact
Chair Anna Quinn, MPH Annaquinn47@hotmail.com
Chair Elect OPEN


Secretary Olivia Taylor
Treasurer Julia Fine, MPH jcfine@gmail.com
Immediate Past Chair Doug Rupert, MPH                  drupert@rti.org


2014 Sub Committee Chairs

Committee Chair




Jude McDivitt   



Carin Upstill



Chris Freeman


Film Festival

Linda Bergonzi King, MPH



Doug Rupert, MPH



Marian Huhman, PhD


Health Communication & Policy

John Ralls, MPH

Tammy Pilisuk, MPH  





Doug Rupert, MPH

Marian Huhman, PhD



Program Planning

Kellie Carlyle, PhD


Social Event



Coalition for Health Communication    

Marian Huhman, PhD



APHA HCWG Scientific Sessions and Poster Sessions

for the 141st Annual APHA Meeting Boston, MA 


The program planning team, chaired by Laura Miller, has finalized the list of APHA scientific sessions that were accepted for the 141st Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.  

HCWG sponsored a total of 12 oral, poster and roundtable sessions and two soliciated sessions (Medical Decision Making and Risk Communication in the Era of Web 2.0 and Risk Communication and Social Norms).

Please see the following HCWG Session Schedule 2013 (pdf)


2013 HCWG Highlights



 50 Films and Media Productions were screened at the

10th Annual APHA Film Festival

in Boston, MA Nov.2 – Nov. 6, 2013  

Now featured as an Annual Meeting Highlight on the APHA website


Gary Black, Film Festival founder and co-organizer, is announcing this year's featured documentaries for the 10th Annual APHA Film Festival that include: Sexy Baby, Stop Objectification, and Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation. 

In addition, over 40 other excerpts of films were shown and new this year was peer-review of each of the film submissions.

Abstracts for the film festival can be found in our Online Program by searcing "APHA-Film Festival".

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. 


We hope you enjoyed this year's Film Festival in Boston!

2013 APHA PHEHP Awards 

Join us in congratulating this year's Everett Rogers awardee who received the award on Nov. 5, 2013.

Everett Rogers Award goes to Dean Schillinger, MD Professor at the University of California, San Fransisco School of Public Health. He serves as Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at SFGH and directs the Health Communications Program in the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at SFGH.


HCWG Leadership Award
 was presenmted to Carin Upstill, in recognition of Carin's years of service and leadership in HCWG.

You do not need to be an APHA member to join HCWG. Simply join our listserv on Yahoo Groups.

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