The 3rd Biennial D.C. Health Communication Conference (DCHC)
“Communication Competence and Health Promotion”
April 16-18, 2015, Hyatt at Fair Lakes Hotel & Conference Center, Fairfax, Virginia

The Center for Health & Risk Communication at George Mason University announces the innovative 2015 D.C. Health Communication Conference, “Communication Competence and Health Promotion,” April 16–18, 2015 at the Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes. The DCHC conference will examine how health communication research, education, technologies, and policies can promote health and well-being. We will feature competitive papers, posters, and panels focusing on cutting edge health communication research and applications. Topics will examine sensitive communication in the delivery of care, strategic communication campaigns, evolving health information technologies, interactive health interventions, powerful media representations of health issues, and relevant new health communication programs, policies, and practices.

Call for Abstracts:  The deadline for submitting one page abstracts for papers, posters, or panel presentations is December 1, 2014. We encourage both new and seasoned health communication scholars to submit their work. Those who submit abstracts will be informed of acceptance by January 20, 2015. Submit abstracts online to: gkreps@gmu.edu

Translational Health Communication Research Scholar Award: The 3rd Translational Health Communication Scholar Award will be presented at the conference to an eminent scholar who has made major contributions to health communication research, practice, and policy. Nominations for this award will be accepted until February 1, 2015 at: gkreps@gmu.edu

Pre-conference:  Translating Health Communication Research to Promote Public Health Practice: On Thursday, April 16th, the preconference will highlight exemplar programs that translate health communication research into effective public health programs and policies.  Leading scholars and public health practitioners will describe innovative, cutting-edge health communication research programs that address important public health issues, present revealing data, and examine implications for promoting public health.  There will be rich opportunities for preconference participants to discuss new directions and applications of health communication research for addressing important emerging public health threats.

DCHC Conference Registration Prices & Information

Pre-Conference Only (Thursday, April 16)
Priority Rate: $90
Student Priority Rate: $75

Main Conference Only (Friday/Saturday, April 17-18)
Priority Rate: $300
Student Priority Rate: $285

Pre-Conference & Main Conference (Thurs/Friday/Saturday, April 16-18)
Priority Rate: $380
Student Priority Rate: $365

*To receive Priority Rates you must register on or before February 15, 2015.  After February 15, 2015 priority rates will increase by $20.

To register for the conference, click here.

For more information, contact:  Dr. Gary L. Kreps, gkreps@gmu.edu,

Conference at a Glance

Pre-Conference Workshop (Thursday, April 16, 2015)
Translating Health Communication Research to Promote Public Health
Time            Event
12:00 - 1:30 pm Registration and pick up badge and conference materials
1:30 - 2:00 pm Welcome and introductions
2:00 - 3:30 pm Translating Health Communication Research for Public Health Panel
3:30 – 3:45 pm Stretch for Health Break
3:45 - 5:30 pm Interactive Session on Translating Health Communication Research
5:30 - 6:00 pm Summary, Directions for Guiding Public Health Programs
6:00 - 7:30 pm Pre-conference Final Reception

Conference Day 1 (Friday, April 17, 2015)
Time            Event
7:00 - 7:30 am Optional Health Walk (through the beautiful Fair Lakes area)
7:30 - 8:30 am Registration and Healthy Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 am Competitive Presentation/Panel Session 1
10:00 - 10:15 am Stretch for Health Break
10:15 - 11:45 am Competitive Presentation/Panel Session 2
11:45 - 1:00 pm Healthy Buffet Lunch (Fair Lakes Hyatt)
1:00 - 2:30 pm Competitive Presentation/Panel Session 3
2:30 - 2:45 pm Stretch for Health Break
2:45 - 4:15 pm Competitive Presentation/Panel Session 4
4:15 - 4:30 pm Stretch for Health Break
4:30- 6:00 pm Competitive Poster Session 1
6:30 - 9:00 pm Gala Dinner and Translational Scholar Award Presentation

Conference Day 2 (Saturday, April 18, 2015)
Time            Event
7:00 - 7:30 am Optional Health Walk (through the beautiful Fair Lakes area)
7:30 - 8:30 am Healthy Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 am Competitive Presentation/Panel Session 5
10:00 - 10:15 am Stretch for Health Break
10:15 - 11:45 am Competitive Presentation/Panel Session 6
12:00 - 1:15 pm Competitive Poster Session 2 and Reception
1:15 – 1:30 pm Conference Conclusion and Next Steps

Conference Venue:  Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes (https://fairlakes.hyatt.com/) Address: 12777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, 22033, Tel: +1 703 818 1234, Fax: +1 703 653 6190. The Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lake is conveniently located just 7 miles from George Mason University, 11 miles from Dulles Airport, and 23 miles from Washington, DC.  It is easily accessible via car and public transportation.  It is a first-class hotel and conference venue for hosting world-class meetings in an environment that promotes interaction. For reservations, please call the Fair Lakes Hyatt at +1 703 818 1234 and use the rate code (DCHC). Our group discount hotel rates for Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday are $99 plus tax, 2 double beds or 1 king, based on single or double occupancy.  This special hotel room rate is good only until March 13, 2015.  The toll-free central reservation number is:  1-888-421-1442

(Support for the DCHC conference has been generously provided by a conference grant from the National Cancer Institute and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, as well as by the GMU Center for Health & Risk Communication).