organizations

These organizations act as advocates, consultants and/or researchers in the field of health communication and are either nonprofits or part of academic centers.

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Note: These summary reviews were taken from their respective websites.  The listed organizations are not meant to be interpreted as any kind of endorsement. No payments, favors or any other arrangements were made to be listed.

  1. American Institutes for Research – A behavioral and social science research organization, with the goal to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life, including strategic health policy research, health communication and support services.
  2. Center for Health Communication and Social Marketing – The mission is to promote innovative, theory- and data-driven communication research to address today’s public health challenges through participation in interdisciplinary, collaborative, community-based projects and the training of graduate students in the Health Communication subtracks in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health (MPH, MS , PhD) and other health communication students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Department of Communication Studies.
  3. Coalition for Health Communication – An inter-organizational task force whose mission is to strengthen the identity and advance the field of health communication.
  4. Columbia University Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion – Within the Mailman School of Public Health conducts research, education, and service to improve health promotion and communication practices. By committing to widespread translation and implementation of evidence-based interventions, policies, and messages, the Center aims to close the large and well-documented gap between research and practice in public health.
  5. Communication for Change – Funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) identifies and influence the social determinants of behaviors; improves the quality of social and behavior change communication interventions and streamline approaches and tools; builds the capacity of local institutions, including NGOs, CBOs, and FBOs; conducts research and improve monitoring and evaluation to inform program development and implementation; engages the media as a partner; and achieve scale and sustainability.
  6. Christopher Newport University Health Communication Research Laboratory – Research takes a communibiological approach to studying communication phenomena by investigating how human physiology affects the ways in which we communicate and how our communication affects our physiology.
  7. fhi360 – A human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions.
  8. George Mason University Center for Health and Risk Communication – Helps to connect the Department of Communication with a number of relevant external constituencies outside the university.
  9. Harvard University Center for Health Communication – Has helped pioneer the field of mass communication and public health by researching and analyzing the contributions of mass communication to behavior change and policy, by preparing future health leaders to utilize communication strategies, and by strengthening communication between journalists and health professionals.
  10. Health Communication Capacity Collaborative – Supported by USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau for Global Health, under a Cooperative Agreement and is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs in collaboration with Management Sciences for Health, NetHope, Population Services International, Ogilvy PR, and Internews. HC3 is designed to strengthen developing country capacity to implement state-of-the-art social and behavior change communication programs. Among the important health areas addressed by HC3 are: Family planning and reproductive health; Child survival; Maternal and child health; HIV and AIDS; Malaria, TB and other infectious diseases; and non-communicable diseases. The project also offers expertise in social and behavior change for gender equity; environment; and democracy and governance.
  11. Health Communication Core – An interdisciplinary team from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard Cancer Center that works with researchers, clinicians, and practitioners in the US and internationally to develop strong communication strategies and the right tools to reach their goals.
  12. Health Communication Initiative – Based out of Arizona State University, consists of transdisciplinary faculty trained in various aspects of human communication who focus on the role of communication in various areas of health and well-being, providing guidance on how to influence effective health-related communication in a variety of areas, including: health and environmental threats; health disparities and well-being of underserved populations; communication and adolescent health through family and school based interventions; communication campaigns to improve health-related behaviors in adolescent sexual health; cyberbullying; alcohol and drug abuse and recovery; the expression of affection in moderating stress; and cancer research.
  13. Health Communication Partnership – Links five leading institutions together (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs, Academy for Educational Development, Save the Children, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine) to accomplish its goal of strengthening public health in the developing world through strategic communication programs. Through its strategic approach to communication, HCP and its partners work to create an environment that supports individuals, families, and communities to act positively for their own health and to advocate for and have access to quality services.
  14. Hollywood, Health & Society – A program of the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Norman Lear Center that provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for health storylines.
  15. Institute for Healthcare Communication – Advances the quality of healthcare by optimizing the experience and process of healthcare communication by:  creating and disseminating innovative educational programs and services;  advocating for the importance of communication as an essential aspect of healthcare; engaging in collaborative research on communication in healthcare; and partnering with other leading organizations that share their vision.
  16. Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs – Partner with organizations worldwide to: Design and implement strategic communication programs that influence political dialogue, collective action, and individual behavior; Enhance access to information and the exchange of knowledge that improves health and health care; and Conduct research to guide program design, evaluate impact, test theories and advance knowledge in health communication.
  17. National Communication Science Institute – A nonprofit focused on improving the communication that happens inside science.
  18. Northwestern University Center for Communication and Health – the Center’s mission is to improve the quality and safety of healthcare as patients experience it, to improve the health of populations, and to reduce the cost of care by applying the interdisciplinary tools of the communication arts and sciences to the most pressing challenges in healthcare.
  19. Oak Ridge Associated Universities – A consortium of 109 major PhD–granting academic institutions bring together university faculty and students to collaborate on major scientific initiatives that help keep America on the leading edge of science and technology by partnering with other national laboratories, government agencies, and private industry. They deliver comprehensive communications assistance that includes research, development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and programs.
  20. Rutgers University Center for Communication and Health Issues – A consortium of university faculty, health educators, counselors, residence life staff, enforcement personnel, graduate and undergraduate students who are leaders in creating an understanding of the role of communication and health issues in the college learning experience through: research, education, prevention, program development, and evaluation.
  21. University of Alabama Health Communication Lab – Housed in the College of Communication & Information Sciences, the Lab, which teams faculty and student researchers, examines questions such as, How might new technology be used to increase nutritional knowledge and exercise among children and adults? How might the mass media help mitigate the stigma attached to illnesses such as schizophrenia, obesity, and other health issues? and How can media be used to increase health literacy in populations where health disparities are the greatest.
  22. University of California Berkeley Health Research for Action – Provides consulting services in health communication, research, and policy.
  23. University of California Berkeley School of Public Health at the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership Health Communication Matters Webinar Series – Presented by the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health and the American Public Health Association Health Communication Working Group.Webinar Series helps participants in all walks of public health apply techniques to communicate effectively with consumers, health professionals, disenfranchised communities, and public health peers.
  24. University of California Berkeley School of Public Health at the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership New Media Training – By providing opportunities for health professionals to learn how to strategically use new media for public health practice and health care, the Center for Health Leadership seeks to build the new media literacy of the health workforce and provide tools for leaders to communicate with and engage diverse communities. We hope these trainings are able to provide participants with the new media knowledge and strategies they need to advance their missions and support their work to improve the health of communities in California.
  25. University of Chicago Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence – Supports the career development and activities of physicians to improving doctor-patient communication and clinical decision-making by enhancing the skills of physicians as advisers, counselors, and navigators to help patients make informed decisions when facing complex treatment choices.
  26. University of Georgia Center for Health & Risk Communication – Advances knowledge about the role of communication processes in enhancing human health and safety. Also houses the Southern Center for Communication, Health and Poverty – a “center of excellence” funded by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  27. University of Maryland Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy – Conducts interdisciplinary research in health communication and health literacy, and translates that research into education and community action.
  28. University of Michigan Center for Health Communications Research – Designated a Center of Excellence in Cancer Communications Research by the National Cancer Institute and conducts health-related research projects involving a broad range of topics, populations, settings, and communication channels.
  29. University of Michigan Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine – Their  mission is to be the premier intellectual gathering place of clinicians, social scientists, bioethicists, and all others interested in improving individual and societal health through research, education, and public outreach. It’s a a multidisciplinary unit integrating bioethics with key social science disciplines, bringing together into one entity research, education, and policy/public outreach.  The primary research interests of CBSSM faculty focus on five overarching themes:  Clinical and research ethics; Health communication and decision-making; Medicine and society; Health, justice and community; and Genomics, health and society.
  30. University of Missouri Health Communication Research Center – Based out of the School of Journalism, the Center helps clients reach individuals, communities, and larger networks and populations.
  31. University of Texas at AustinCenter for Health Communication – Brings together researchers and experts on many diverse areas of health communication into one organizational unit where they can collaborate, share ideas and innovations, and advance their scholarship and its impact to the highest possible level.
  32. University of Washington Northwest Center for Public Health Practice – Communications team provides a variety of services, including technical assistance in marketing and design, as well as leading trainings. They also produce a variety of publications to help the public health workforce communicate the value of their work.
  33. University of Washington in St. Louis Health Communication Laboratory – seeks to eliminate health disparities by increasing the reach and effectiveness of health information to low-income and minority populations.
  34. Vanderbilt University Program on Effective Health Communication – Addresses health communication in research, education, and the community to promote more effective health communication, knowledge,and behavior and to improve quality of care.
  35. Virginia Commonwealth University Center of Media + Health – A collaborative hub for health communication researchers, scientists and practitioners in all health practice-related fields. The center’s focus is on the critical role media (both traditional and new media) play in health information dissemination and health issue communication.
  36. Viswanath Lab – Dedicated to understanding health communication inequalities with the goal of addressing health disparities on the individual and population levels, and how to address these disparities through communication and dissemination. Within this context, the Lab’s work explores: E-health and health disparities; Information seeking among cancer survivors and patients; The professional work of health journalists; How people learn about health from the media; The role of the media in tobacco use; and Health communication and social capital.
  37. Washington University in St. Louis Health Communication Research Laboratory – Seeks to eliminate health disparities by increasing the reach and effectiveness of health information to low-income and minority populations. Their community-based research: finds new ways to reach disadvantaged populations affected most by health disparities; develops and delivers effective health interventions designed specifically for these populations; and uses technology and partnerships to connect people to health services in their community.
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