2011 D.C. Health Conference

Thank you to our major sponsor, Personal Care Products Council, and to the Urban Communication Foundation for their generous support of this conference!

Press Release 10/15/2010

The 1st biennial D. C. Health Communication Conference (the DCHC) will be held April 29 to May 1 2011 at the George Mason Inn, located on the beautiful George Mason University campus  in Fairfax, VA.  The conference theme is "Designing for Health."  The conference will examine how design of new communication educational, technological, and environmental interventions can promote health and well-being. The conference will feature competitive papers, posters, and panels focusing on cutting edge health communication research and applications concerning strategic health communication campaigns, health information technologies, fixed environment interventions, health education programs, and media representations of health issues.  The first Translational Health Communication Research Scholar Award will be presented at the conference to a preeminent scholar who makes major contributions to health communication research, practice, and policy.
"We are tremendously excited about this new health communication conference" said Gary Kreps, Chair of the George Mason University Department of Communication.  “The conference will focus on translating health communication research into practice for promoting enhanced health outcomes.  There will be ample opportunities for participants to interact with eminent researchers, government officials, and policy makers.  We look forward to exploring new directions in health communication."
On Friday, April 29, a preconference will be held examining, “New Directions in External Funding and Collaborations in Health Communication Research.”  Representatives from major government and foundation funding agencies will discuss new programs and priorities for supporting health communication research.  Experienced health communication principal investigators will also share their insights about identifying appropriate funding sources, preparing winning grant applications, and managing externally funded research programs.   On Saturday, April 30, the conference will feature a full slate of competitive papers, posters, and panel sessions.  There will also be opportunities for networking and informal discussions among participants.   On Sunday, May 1 we will feature papers and panel sessions, as well as a gala conference luncheon where the first Translational Health Communication Research Scholar Award will be presented and the award winner will speak about his or her translational research program.
The deadline for submitting one page abstracts for papers, poster, or panel presentations is December 15, 2010.  We encourage both new and seasoned health communication researchers to submit their work!  Those who submit abstracts will be informed of acceptance by February 15, 2011.  Please register for the conference and/or the preconference by March 31, 2011 for priority registration rates at: 
Additional information about the conference, registration rates, abstract submissions, nominations for the Translational Health Communication Scholar Award, special hotel rates, and Washington, DC sight-seeing opportunities please see: http://chrc.gmu.edu/2011DCHC.html