CHC impact report

2018: A Year of Growth

The 2017-18 academic year saw the CHC bring on five new team members and take on a range of new projects with partners across campus and the state. Center director Mike Mackert could not be more proud of what the CHC accomplished in the last year, and the CHC is looking forward to more exciting things ahead.

UT Center for Health Communication Awarded State Health Services Contract to Fight Opioid Epidemic

We're excited to share the official press release for our current project tackling the opioid epidemic. The goal is to develop and test effective messaging with health care providers and prescribers across the state to promote the new Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).

July 2018 Highlights

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Studying the Effects of Empathetic Healthcare Through the CHER Program

A hand surgeon and a communication expert may be an unlikely duo in many research settings. But this unlikely pair is a prime example of how the Center for Health Communication’s CHER grant program is achieving its goal of interdisciplinary partnerships to improve health and care through empathy and other evidence-based communication sciences.

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CHER Awardee Tests the Role of Communication in Minority Women’s Enrollment in Clinical Trials

Clinical trials sound uncertain and maybe even dangerous, but in reality, they could be instrumental in saving the lives of many who would not ordinarily be able to afford such treatments. But how do we most effectively describe the relative risks and benefits of clinical trials to understandably uncertain patients?

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Lead Poisoning Prevention in Texas Communities Through the CHER Program

Though many of us may consider lead poisoning a problem of the ‘50’s, according to recent studies, it remains an important public health issue.

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CHER: Supporting Research that Explores How Communication Impacts Health, Empathy, & Resilience

The business of medicine is fast-paced and grueling. We’ve all been there, waiting in a doctor’s office for nearly an hour, all for a ten-minute appointment. The doctor comes in and gives a quick analysis, followed by a rushed monologue about treatment options or whatever it may be. A shaking of hands, a signing of papers, and soon you’re walking out with a feeling similar to leaving a theater after a particularly intense Marvel film.

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CHC Welcomes Sr. Graphic Designer: Dasha Rakasovic

We are excited to announce that Dasha Rakasovic has accepted the Sr. Graphic Designer position, effective July 5.

June 2018 Highlights

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CHC Welcomes Project Coordinator for MD Anderson Healthy Communities: Hayley Fick

We are excited to announce that Hayley Fick has accepted the Project Coordinator position for the CHC’s MD Anderson Healthy Communities work, effective June 15.

May 2018 Highlights

CHC impact report

2018: A Year of Growth

The 2017-18 academic year saw the CHC bring on five new team members and take on a range of new projects with partners across campus and the state.

Mental Health and Health Communication

UT Center for Health Communication to Launch Theme on Mental Health and Health Communication

The University of Texas at Austin Center for Health (CHC) is proud to announce the launch of a new 2-year theme: Mental Health and Health Communication. The theme will begin in Fall 2018 and run throughout the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 academic years.

We're Hiring a Senior Graphic Designer

Senior Graphic Designer Position Available!

The Center for Health Communication (CHC) at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking applicants to fill a Senior Graphic Designer position, beginning immediately.

April 2018 Highlights

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The Blind People and The Elephant: Creating Cross-Disciplinary Solutions to Youth Addiction

By Kayla Reed

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.

February 2018 Highlights

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CHC Welcomes Center Administrator: Lindsay Murphy

We are excited to announce that Lindsay Murphy has accepted the Center Administrator position with the CHC, effective February 26.

January 2018 Highlights

We're Hiring

Senior Administrative Associate Position Available!

The Center for Health Communication (CHC) at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking applicants to fill a Senior Administrative Associate position, beginning immediately.

November 2017 Highlights

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CHER 2017-2018 Award Announcement

The Center for Health Communication is excited to award approximately $20,000 in its inaugural 2017-18 CHER program grant cycle to three teams of faculty and students. The Communication for Health, Empathy, and Resilience (CHER) grant program launched in Fall 2017 with the goal to promote collaboration between Moody College of Communication and Dell Medical School faculty in their evidence-based health communication scholarship, education, and community involvement endeavors.

October 2017 Highlights

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CHC Welcomes Director of Special Projects: Susan Kirtz

The CHC is excited to announce that Susan Kirtz has accepted a new Director of Special Projects position with the CHC, effective November 6. Susan will play an integral role in the research, development, communication and promotion of the CHC's two primary statewide projects and will work closely with faculty affiliates across campus to implement all programmatic components.

UT Center for Health Communication Awarded State Health Services Contract to Fight Opioid Epidemic

We're excited to share the official press release for our current project tackling the opioid epidemic. The goal is to develop and test effective messaging with health care providers and prescribers across the state to promote the new Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).

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CHC Welcomes Sr. Graphic Designer: Kendra Beasley Lewellyn

The CHC is excited to announce that Kendra Beasley Lewellyn has accepted a new Sr. Graphic Designer position with the CHC, effective November 6. Kendra will be essential to designing and presenting visual concepts for the CHC's recently acquired Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) contract.

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The Center Is Hiring!

We have two statewide health communication projects that need a day-to-day leader (Director of Special Projects) and an experienced graphic designer. Please pass along these postings to your talented friends and colleagues.

July 2017 Highlights

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Health Communication Leadership Institute: Highlights

Open to new ideas. Empathetic. Adaptable. Consistent. Entrepreneurial.
These are all essential qualities of health communication leaders, according to participants at the 2017 Health Communication Leadership Institute (HCLI). On the first day of the three-day conference, attendees from every sector of public health, healthcare, communication, and marketing set the tone for what the next few days of training, teamwork, and reflection would be like by offering what they believed to be characteristics of effective health communication leaders. Speakers from campus and beyond offered a variety of perspectives that weaved in these concepts, with room to apply learnings to each individual’s respective professional goals.

June 2017 Highlights

Gender Identity, Gender Roles, and Breast Cancer Among Young Women

Dr. Kate Pounders, Assistant Professor in the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations, is passionate about women’s health issues. Her work centers on emotion and identity and is currently focused on one of the most visible threats to women’s health today: breast cancer. Specifically, Dr. Pounders is interested in how breast cancer diagnosis and treatment impact gender identity and roles.

May 2017 Highlights

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CHC Welcomes Postdoctoral Scholar: Laura E. Brown

We are excited to announce that Laura E. Brown has accepted a new Postdoctoral Scholar position with the CHC, effective July 1.

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CHC Names Assistant Director: Jessica Hughes Wagner

The CHC is excited to announce that Jessica Hughes Wagner has accepted a new Assistant Director position with the CHC, effective June 1.

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Towards Solving the Problem of Substance Misuse and Addiction among Youth and Emerging Adults

The CHC is excited to be part of the Pop-Up Institute, Towards Solving the Problem of Substance Misuse and Addiction Among Youth and Emerging Adults, selected for funding in 2017-18.

April 2017 Highlights

"Effective Communication is Key to Getting People Healthier"

By David Ring MD, PhD

One might think that new technology or simply increasing access to care could be the answer to creating the most healthful society possible. However, Dr. David Ring, MD, PhD, and Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care here at UT says the conversation at the Dell Medical School is actually about getting people healthier more resourcefully.

Siddhartha Mukherjee Gives McGovern Lecture in Health Communication

By Center Director, Mike Mackert

On Monday, April 24th Siddhartha Mukherjee gave the McGovern Lecture in Health Communication, which recognizes someone doing outstanding communication related to health, medicine, and public health.

McGovern Lecture in Health Communication with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer and The Gene, presents the McGovern Lecture in Health Communication.

Assistant Director Position Available!

The Center for Health Communication (CHC) at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking applicants to fill an Assistant Director position, beginning immediately.

From the New Director

Michael Mackert, PhD, has been appointed the new director of the Center for Health Communication. This role will launch the center’s official move under both Moody College of Communication and Dell Medical School, an exciting partnership through which both schools will share oversight and support of the center. Read Dr. Mackert’s thoughts on the center and what is coming next with health communication at UT.

We're Hiring!

The Center for Health Communication (CHC) at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking applicants to fill a Postdoctoral Scholar position, beginning June 2017.

March 2017 Highlights

"Change the Culture, Build Resilience"

By Carrie Barron PhD, David Ring MD, PhD, & Matt McGlone PhD

People choose medicine because they want to help.  It takes hard work, intelligence and altruism to become a doctor.  Helping others in a time of need is fulfilling. It might be argued that there is no higher form of meaning and purpose than helping others get and stay healthy.  So it’s sad that an average of 45% of doctors report experiencing limited joy in their practice. In some specialties such as Emergency Medicine the rate is close to 70%. 

HCSP Award Recipients

The Health Communication Scholars Program is excited to announce three funded proposals this year. The funded PIs and projects are:

  • Millie Harrison:

    On-Site Self-Service Technology and the Patient Experience: Exploring the Use, Perceptions, and Impact of a Clinic Check-In Kiosk

  • Lingzi Zhong:

    Examining Genetic Counselors' Dialectical Tensions when Communicating with Hereditary Cancer Patients

  • Chibuokem Amuneke-Nze:

    Investigating Metabolic Syndrome and Perceptions of Health Management in Underserved Men from a Medical Intervention and Communication Theory Perspective