Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Health Communication Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

1,396 Full-Text Articles 2,604 Authors 766,473 Downloads 167 Institutions

All Articles in Health Communication

Faceted Search

1,396 full-text articles. Page 1 of 63.

Mental Health Awareness Training Manual: For Faculty To Help Students, Ricardo Vega 2021 California State University - San Bernardino

Mental Health Awareness Training Manual: For Faculty To Help Students, Ricardo Vega

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

Mental health issues and stigma can affect students in many ways. The teacher-student relationship can be affected by the fear and inconsistent thoughts to be successful in college settings caused by mental health issues. First-generation college students face mental health issues due to support, education degree expectations, inhibition of uncertainty, and resources (Pascarella et al., 2004). This project is about providing communication strategies for faculty to help reduce stigma and provide students with resources to support their mental health.


Designing Educational Newsletter Interventions: An Example That Supported Grandfamilies’ Physical Wellness Needs, Priscilla Brenes, Mary Meck Higgins 2021 Kansas State University

Designing Educational Newsletter Interventions: An Example That Supported Grandfamilies’ Physical Wellness Needs, Priscilla Brenes, Mary Meck Higgins

The Journal of Extension

Effective newsletters have theory-based content and designs tailored to their readers and offer limited-cost community-level approaches to providing helpful, relevant, and engaging information. In accordance with this, we offer an example of a newsletter intervention that supported grandfamilies’ physical wellness needs. Six issues of a brief mail-delivered newsletter were sent yearly for up to 5 years to low-income custodial grandparents. In evaluating the newsletter, most respondents reported reading it, discussing its information, and having greater awareness, knowledge, and motivation or confidence regarding wellness recommendations. Furthermore, 91% described improving 1 or more of their grandfamilies’ cooking, eating, or physical activity practices.


Complete Issue, Volume 4, Issue 2 (Special Issue On Covid-19), 2021 University of Central Florida

Complete Issue, Volume 4, Issue 2 (Special Issue On Covid-19)

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

This is the complete issue of JICRCR Volume 4, Issue 2. This is a special issue on Covid-19.


Risk And Crisis Communication About Invisible Hazards, Ruth Ø. Skotnes, Kåre Hansen, Anne V. Krøvel 2021 NORCE Norwegian Research Centre

Risk And Crisis Communication About Invisible Hazards, Ruth Ø. Skotnes, Kåre Hansen, Anne V. Krøvel

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

This article discusses differences between invisible and visible hazards, and how these differences can affect risk and crisis communication. Invisible hazards are risks that we cannot see, and often cannot touch, taste, nor smell. Examples are COVID-19, radon gas, mold spores, or asbestos fibers. Invisible hazards are often uncertain, complex, and ambiguous risk problems. Results from a Norwegian study show that authorities need to be aware of the possible differences in risk perception among authorities, stakeholders, and the general public. Involving citizens, creating trust, and being honest is important for all risk and crisis communication. However, the less we know ...


Managing Covid- 19 Pandemic Crisis: The Case Of Greece, Neofytos Aspriadis 2021 Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Peloponnese, Greece

Managing Covid- 19 Pandemic Crisis: The Case Of Greece, Neofytos Aspriadis

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

This qualitative study analyzes the Greek government’s crisis management practice and public communication efforts during two waves of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Integrating both crisis management theories and the World Health Organization’s pandemic control plans, discourse analysis and case study approaches were taken to analyze how Greek’s key government and public health authorities communicated with the public using different frames and crisis response strategies. Evaluations were conducted to assess the Greek government’s crisis communication procedures and the effectiveness of different rhetorical strategies used as evidenced in public briefings and public speeches.


“A Tale Of Two Hospitals”: The Role Of Place-Based Sensemaking In Covid-19 Communication For Rural And Urban Texas Hospitals, Cassandra Hayes, Rachel E. Riggs, Kelly Burns 2021 Texas Tech University

“A Tale Of Two Hospitals”: The Role Of Place-Based Sensemaking In Covid-19 Communication For Rural And Urban Texas Hospitals, Cassandra Hayes, Rachel E. Riggs, Kelly Burns

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

Rural and urban hospitals must respond differently to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, given their unique situations. In this study, we performed a rhetorical analysis of press releases from rural and urban hospitals in Texas to better understand the crisis communication strategies of the two hospital systems. Following previous literature on narrative sensemaking, place-based storytelling, and pre-crisis management, we found that the examined press releases used setting details to ground their health-related information in their specific communities. Such a strategy made the information accessible and attainable, but potentially reinforced place-based tensions and inequalities. Our study has implications for preventative ...


Why Swedes Don’T Wear Face Masks During The Pandemic – A Consequence Of Blindly Trusting The Government, Bengt Johansson, Jacob Sohlberg, Peter Esaiasson, Marina Ghersetti 2021 University of Gothenburg

Why Swedes Don’T Wear Face Masks During The Pandemic – A Consequence Of Blindly Trusting The Government, Bengt Johansson, Jacob Sohlberg, Peter Esaiasson, Marina Ghersetti

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

Government trust is generally helpful for societies, especially in crisis situations, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic, because governments rely on citizens to follow directives. Worldwide, with supporting evidence accumulating, a key directive has been to wear face masks. However, in Sweden, the government has questioned their usefulness. On other behavioral recommendations, such as handwashing, the government has taken a conventional path. We rely on this non-recommendation of face masks to examine the causal impact of government trust on behavior. Based on a large Swedish survey fielded during the pandemic, we find that higher government trust reduces the likelihood of ...


Identifying The Public’S Psychological Concerns In Response To Covid-19 Risk Messages In Singapore, Xingyu Ken Chen, Anais Ang, Jing Yi Lee, Jason Wong, Loo Seng Neo, Gabriel Ong, Majeed Khader 2021 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Identifying The Public’S Psychological Concerns In Response To Covid-19 Risk Messages In Singapore, Xingyu Ken Chen, Anais Ang, Jing Yi Lee, Jason Wong, Loo Seng Neo, Gabriel Ong, Majeed Khader

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

Understanding the social-psychological processes that characterize communities’ reactions to a pandemic is the first step toward formulating risk communications that can lead to better health outcomes. This study examines comments on Facebook pages of five Singapore media outlets to understand what topics are being discussed by the public in reaction to the implemented precautionary measures in Singapore so as to infer their psychological concerns. Using Anchored Correlation Explanation as a topic modelling technique, this study examines around 10,000 comments and identifies 21 topics that are discussed. The 21 topics were categorized and organized into seven broad themes of psychological ...


Public Ethos In The Pandemic Rhetorical Situation: Strategies For Building Trust In Authorities' Risk Communication, Truls Strand Offerdal, Sine Nørholm Just, Øyvind Ihlen 2021 University of Oslo

Public Ethos In The Pandemic Rhetorical Situation: Strategies For Building Trust In Authorities' Risk Communication, Truls Strand Offerdal, Sine Nørholm Just, Øyvind Ihlen

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

As illustrated by the COVID-19 pandemic, risk and crisis communication are crucial responsibilities of modern governments. Existing research on risk and crisis communication points to the importance of trust, both as a resource in and an end goal of communicative activities. In this paper, we argue that revisiting the classical rhetorical concept of ethos in combination with the modern concept of the rhetorical situation can contribute to fitting responses in risk and crisis communication. The paper examines how appeals to ethos may build trust in health authorities’ public communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through interviews and participant observation in public ...


So Ordered: A Textual Analysis Of United States’ Governors’ Press Release Responses To The Covid-19 Pandemic, Taylor S. Voges, Matthew T. Binford 2021 University of Georgia

So Ordered: A Textual Analysis Of United States’ Governors’ Press Release Responses To The Covid-19 Pandemic, Taylor S. Voges, Matthew T. Binford

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique environment from which each individual state, in the United States, has been forced to address their publics. In order to understand how each state has engaged with this pandemic, a textual analysis of each state’s governor’s first press release was conducted; five thematic trends were identified. Through use of the social trust approach to risk communication and the contingency theory of strategic conflict management (using external threat variables), the implications of these press releases are discussed.


Effective Communication During A Global Health Crisis: A Content Analysis Of Presidential Addresses On The Covid-19 Pandemic In Ghana, Prince Adu Gyamfi, Adwoa Sikayena Amankwah 2021 Purdue University

Effective Communication During A Global Health Crisis: A Content Analysis Of Presidential Addresses On The Covid-19 Pandemic In Ghana, Prince Adu Gyamfi, Adwoa Sikayena Amankwah

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing incessant disruption to the social and economic lives of societies. Public health and crisis communicators have recommended some best practices in crisis and emergency risk messaging for effective health messages during pandemics. Thus, this study utilized Parmer, Baur, Eroglu, Lubell, Prue, Reynold, and Weaver's (2016) seven crisis and emergency risk messaging best practices to qualitatively analyze fourteen speeches delivered by the Ghanaian President on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country to demonstrate how the speeches conveyed information about the pandemic to the public. The study found that all seven best practices (i.e., explain ...


Special Issue Editor’S Essay: Advancing Public Health Crisis And Risk Theory And Practice Via Innovative And Inclusive Research On Covid-19 Communication, Yan Jin, Sung In Choi, Audra Diers-Lawson 2021 University of Georgia

Special Issue Editor’S Essay: Advancing Public Health Crisis And Risk Theory And Practice Via Innovative And Inclusive Research On Covid-19 Communication, Yan Jin, Sung In Choi, Audra Diers-Lawson

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

For more than a year the world has tried to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This special issue of the Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research (JICRCR) provides an expert evaluation of how different countries have responded to this global threat. As the pandemic has fundamentally affected most of our lives in a multitude of ways, lessons learned and insights gained from innovative and inclusive research have also advanced theory and practice in public health crisis and risk communication.


The Nurse-Family Connection: Exploring Verbal And Nonverbal Immediacy, Kristen P. Treinen 2021 Minnesota State University, Mankato

The Nurse-Family Connection: Exploring Verbal And Nonverbal Immediacy, Kristen P. Treinen

Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal

Immediacy is the key to developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Furthermore, each relationship has a unique set of rules and patterns of communication that help maintain the trust and continue the process of relational development. What is not unique about interpersonal relationships is the foundation of trust, a bond, that can be established through the use of immediacy. This study examines not only if nurses believe effective communication with family members is necessary, but how and in what ways nurses have forged a care connection with family members using verbal and nonverbal immediacy.


Student Loans And Health-Related Financial Hardship, Sophia T. Anong, Robin Henager 2021 University of Georgia

Student Loans And Health-Related Financial Hardship, Sophia T. Anong, Robin Henager

Journal of Student Financial Aid

Research has shown that student loan borrowers in repayment exhibit physical and mental health problems. These can be exacerbated by and contribute to health-related financial hardship. We use the 2015 U.S. National Financial Capability Study to examine the likelihood of having past due medical bills and of avoiding health care services by not purchasing prescribed medication, skipping tests or follow-up with a doctor or not seeking care for a medical problem. Borrowers on income-driven repayment plans and those who made late payments are found to be more likely to have unpaid medical bills and to have avoided required medical ...


A Feverish Spring: A Comparative Analysis Of Covid-19 News Framing In Sweden, The Uk, And Egypt, Hend Abdelgaber Ahmed El-Behary 2021 American University in Cairo

A Feverish Spring: A Comparative Analysis Of Covid-19 News Framing In Sweden, The Uk, And Egypt, Hend Abdelgaber Ahmed El-Behary

Theses and Dissertations

Based on framing and the social responsibility theoretical frameworks, this comparative study analyzes the dominance of frames in the media coverage of the COVID-19 global pandemic across three countries that have adopted different preventative measures: Sweden (herd immunity) the United Kingdom (full lockdown) and Egypt (partial lockdown ‘curfew’). While several studies have investigated the media’s role during COVID-19, few have analyzed the frames used by the media. The analyses that were made here, for the most part, is on individual countries. The current study bridges a gap by using a comparative approach to interpret the frames discovered in news ...


Public Health Agencies Outreach Through Instagram During Covid-19 Pandemic: Crisis And Emergency Risk Communication Perspective, Aqdas Malik, Laeeq M. Khan, Anabel Quan-Haase 2021 Aalto University

Public Health Agencies Outreach Through Instagram During Covid-19 Pandemic: Crisis And Emergency Risk Communication Perspective, Aqdas Malik, Laeeq M. Khan, Anabel Quan-Haase

FIMS Publications

Background: Governmental and non-governmental institutions increasingly use social media as a strategic tool for public outreach. Global spread, promptness, and dialogic potentials make these platforms ideal for public health monitoring and emergency communication in crises such as COVID-19.

Objective: Drawing on the Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication framework, we sought to examine how leading health organizations use Instagram for communicating and engaging during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods: We manually retrieved Instagram posts together with relevant metadata of four health organizations (WHO, CDC, IFRC, and NHS) shared between January 1, 2020, and April 30, 2020. Two coders manually coded the analytical ...


Designing A Replication Study In Kinesiology: Lessons From The Field, Ruben A. Montoya Vega, Regina F. Hockert, Emma L. Cutner, Jafra D. Thomas 2021 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Designing A Replication Study In Kinesiology: Lessons From The Field, Ruben A. Montoya Vega, Regina F. Hockert, Emma L. Cutner, Jafra D. Thomas

Kinesiology and Public Health

The submitted presentation material summarizes a project presented at the 2021 Cal Poly Virtual BEACoN Symposium. The title of the project which the presentation is based is, “Towards Equitable Communication: Explorations to Guide Knowledge Translation in Kinesiology.” The uploaded file document presents the presentation abstract, student testimony, as well as suggested citations for individual aspects of the presentation material. Please follow the social media profiles of the faculty mentor to the project, Dr. Thomas, for timely project updates. You may find related work from this lab group published to Cal Poly Digital Commons under the Kinesiology and Public Health section ...


Are Kinesiologists Ready To Communicate? Merits Of A Practicum Course On Plain Language Communication, Jafra D. Thomas, Cameron N. Christopher, Winston Kennedy, Bradley J. Cardinal, Caroline N. Smith 2021 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Are Kinesiologists Ready To Communicate? Merits Of A Practicum Course On Plain Language Communication, Jafra D. Thomas, Cameron N. Christopher, Winston Kennedy, Bradley J. Cardinal, Caroline N. Smith

Kinesiology and Public Health

The submitted presentation material summarizes a project presented at the 2021 American College of Sports Medicine Virtual Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. The project which the presentation is based on is titled, “Towards Knowledge Translation in Kinesiology: Investigating Barriers and Identifying Opportunities - Part 1.” The uploaded documents consist of the following material: (a) the presentation abstract, and (b) a copy of the e-poster presented at the virtual event. Please follow the social media profiles of Dr. Jafrā Thomas, for timely project updates (e.g., ResearchGate dot net and GoogleScholar dot com). You may find related work ...


Training Novices To Evaluate The Quality Of Physical Activity Promotion Material: Results Of A Pilot Study, Ethan N. Tse, Savannah A. Longoria, Cameron N. Christopher, Jafra D. Thomas 2021 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Training Novices To Evaluate The Quality Of Physical Activity Promotion Material: Results Of A Pilot Study, Ethan N. Tse, Savannah A. Longoria, Cameron N. Christopher, Jafra D. Thomas

Kinesiology and Public Health

The credibility and usability of lay physical activity promotion material are a persistent problem (Thomas & Cardinal, 2020, TJACM). These quality issues deter the material in promoting health literacy, a major predictor of prevention-oriented health behaviors (e.g., regular exercise, U.S. National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy). Few studies, however, have evaluated the quality of lay material over time (Thomas et al., 2018, Quest). PURPOSE: In order to conduct a repeated-measures study of the quality of physical activity promotion web articles for lay adults, one experienced researcher (JDT) trained undergraduates on how to use the Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM) protocol (Doak et al., 1996). METHODS: An adapted version of the SAM protocol was used (Thomas & Cardinal, 2020, Quest). Three undergraduates were part of the pilot project (ENT, SAL, CNC; Feb.-Aug. 2020). Each was introduced to the protocol and practiced its methods using six web articles that were written in English and not used in the longitudinal study. Coding by ENT was compared to JDT for analytic purposes; ENT was pre-assigned to evaluate material for the longitudinal study. Per Krippendorff’s alpha and intraclass coefficient measures, ENT showed acceptable between/within coder agreement during the training phase. Jul.-Aug. 2020, ENT then tested his skills further using a random subset of 16 unique web ...


The Causes Of Surface Condensation And Mould, And The Responsibility Of Relevant Parties To Alleviate Them, Joseph Little 2021 Technological University Dublin

The Causes Of Surface Condensation And Mould, And The Responsibility Of Relevant Parties To Alleviate Them, Joseph Little

Reports

All over Ireland large numbers of people live in unsanitary conditions suffering poor indoor air quality, surface condensation and mould. Where the occupants are tenants the cause of the conditions and identification of the parties responsible can cause much stress. Condensation and mould growth on the internal surface of a room are caused by a combination of factors due to specific conditions. In severe cases, one of these factors may lead to surface condensation and/or mould growth, but in general, surface condensation and/or mould growth occurs when two or three of these occur together. Even though multiple causes ...


Digital Commons powered by bepress