Health Communication Scholars Program

Health Communication Scholars Program

Health Communication Scholars Program

2014-15 Funded Proposals Announced

After a competitive process, the HCSP is funding four proposals for the 2014-15 academic year. Congratulations to these funded teams!

The Relative Impact of Infographics on e-Health Information Comprehension and Health Promoting Behaviors

Principal Investigator: Jisook Ko (School of Nursing)
Co-Investigator: Ji-won Kim (School of Journalism)
Co-Investigator: Seungae Lee (Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations)
Faculty Mentor: Lucy Atkinson (Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations)

Information and communication technologies are widely used, presenting both opportunities and challenges for developing and implementing effective health literacy interventions. In order to be more effective, e-health information providers have begun to use more infographics. This proposed study is designed to examine the critical effects of infographics on individuals’ processing of e-health information, accuracy in perceiving information, and intention of health-promoting behaviors by engaging people in this experimental study.

An Exploratory Study of Accommodating and Non-Accommodating Communication Behaviors between Young Home Health Professionals and the Elderly Clients

Principal Investigator: Hyeseung Koh (Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations)
Co-Investigator: Jisoo Ahn (Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations)
Co-Investigator: Brittany Wittenberg (Department of Human Development and Family Sciences)
Faculty Mentor: Yuri Jang (School of Social Work)

According to the World Health Organization and U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percent of adults aged 65 and older has rapidly increased over the past few decades. This growing elderly population has led to an increased need for healthcare services, including home health service agencies. To achieve mutual satisfaction from both home health professionals and elderly clients, it is necessary to evaluate the quality of services from both the service providers’ and receivers’ perspectives. Thus, this study attempts to identify communication problems between young home health professionals and their elderly clients when delivering/receiving care in the home health setting in order to promote healthy and supportive relationships between home health professionals and their elderly clients.

The Role of Food in the Self-management of Pain: How Teens with Juvenile Arthritis Communicate About Chronic Pain and Food

Principal Investigator: Amanda Mabry (Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations)
Co-Investigator: Kimberly Lewis (School of Nursing)
Faculty Mentor: Tracie Harrison (School of Nursing)

Juvenile arthritis (JA) is a serious health issue that causes chronic pain that is exacerbated in children who are also overweight/obese. The purpose of this study is to explore the meanings adolescents diagnosed with JA place on food choice in the context of pain and pain management, as well as how various messages teens receive about food influences their nutritional self-care beliefs and practices. Six focus groups of adolescents diagnosed with JA will be recruited to represent diverse opinions and experiences that may vary based on ethnicity and current weight status.

Social “Networkout” at Workplace: Boosting Employee Wellness Programs through the Integration of Wearable Devices, Mobile Technology, and Social Media Use

Principal Investigator: Yaguang Zhu (Department of Communication Studies)
Co-Investigator: Teresa Vogt (Department of Kinesiology and Health Education)
Co-Investigator: Donald Robinson (Department of Kinesiology and Health Education)
Co-Investigator: Daniel Kreitzberg (Department of Kinesiology and Health Education)
Faculty Mentor: Jay Bernhardt (Department of Communication Studies)

The advent of easily usable fitness applications, wearables fitness trackers, and social media updates has brought about an opportunity to influence behavior in workplaces by encouraging friendly competition between employees online and off.  The proposed research project is designed to examine multiple aspects of physical fitness behavior related to the use of social media platforms tailored to tracking exercise habits.  To accomplish said goals the proposed research will obtain data through multiple sources including fitness trackers (e.g., Fitbit), social media updates (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Matchup), in-depth interviews, and pre and post intervention surveys distributed to employees via e-mail.

2014-15 Funding: Four $2,000 Projects

As the HCSP enters its second year, the number and amount of awards is increasing. In 2014-15, the program will support four projects up to $2,000 each.

Documents Page Updated

The documents page has been updated for the 2014-15 Academic Year

Application Page Updated for 2014-15 Academic Year

The page with information about applying for the HCSP in the 2014-15 academic year has been updated.

Timeline Updated for 2014-15 Academic Year

The timeline page has been updated for the 2014-15 academic year, including the agenda for the grant writing workshop on September 29.

HCSP Grant Writing Workshop: Speakers Announced

The speakers for the grant writing workshop on September 29 have been finalized. They will be:

Michael Mackert (Department of Advertising and Public Relations, HCSP Director)
Jay Bernhardt (Department of Communication Studies, Center for Health Communication Director)
Mary Steinhardt (Department of Kinesiology and Health Education)
Lori Holleran Steiker (School of Social Work)
Sharon Horner (School of Nursing)
Steve Kelder (School of Public Health)

The event will also feature a panel of funded HCSP PIs from the 2013-14 academic year: Laura Brown (Department of Communication Studies), Sara Champlin (Department of Advertising and Public Relations), and Allison Lazard (Department of Advertising and Public Relations).

Save the Date: HCSP Fall Grant Writing Workshop - September 29

The grant writing workshop for this academic year will be on September 29 from noon-5pm in BMC 5.208. More details about the workshop, including speakers and a full agenda, will be coming soon.

HCSP Featured in UT Provost's Teaching Fellows Newsletter

The HCSP was featured in a story from in the UT Provost's Teaching Fellows newsletter, the program that provides funding and support for the HCSP. You can read it here.

Moody Feature Story: Interdisciplinary Program Gives Graduate Students Experience Designing and Funding Research

The Moody College just posted a feature story about the HCSP and the funded teams. You can read it here.