One look into the office of Dr. Lori Holleran Steiker is enough to express the dedication she has for her life’s work in adolescent substance abuse disorders. Boxes filled with supplies for the Operation Naloxone Expansion are stacked to the ceiling, and she excitedly tears one open to show off sturdy, zippered bank bags containing life-saving Naloxone kits.
In the fall it was announced that the Center for Health Communication (CHC) was awarded a contract with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to develop a health communication campaign to support Texas’s response to the opioid epidemic. The CHC is currently deep into the execution phase and refining key messages and tactics.
This semester I’m teaching an honors seminar in health communication through the College of Natural Sciences. As part of the class, I’ve asked each student to present on a health communication “artifact” which they find to be interesting.
Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists and other health care professionals often interact with patients who are experiencing pain. What can make these conversations effective and satisfying?