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||University Of Kentucky
||Advancing Health Communication Research Through the Kchc-Dchc Conference Series
This R13 renewal application requests support to continue the highly successful Kentucky Conference on
Health Communication (KCHC)—District of Columbia Health Communication (DCHC) scientific conference
series. The overall goal of the annual KCHC-DCHC conferences is to promote health communication
research and practice to advance our knowledge and understanding of communication and related social-
behavioral sciences; such advances will, through translational research, subsequently enhance the
effectiveness of interventions designed to promote health and prevent illness. The specific aims are to
expand the impact and scholarly excellence of KCHC-DCHC by 1) enhancing dissemination through more
formal conference proceedings and an innovative online networking initiative; 2) increasing participation by
early career scientists, graduate students, and underrepresented groups through targeted recruitment and
reduced registration rates for students; 3) enhancing training by building in structured mentoring sessions with
senior scholars; 4) increasing innovation and opportunities for research translation by scheduling special
sessions to promote academic and clinical research collaborations; 5) increasing international impact through
opportunities for discussion built into conference programming and increased promotion in international
arenas; and 6) continuing emphasis on scholarly excellence by inviting distinguished speakers and making
scholarly awards. Across all six aims, our goal is to positively influence the field of health communication and
increase its impact by promoting the career development of early career scientists, encouraging
interdisciplinary research collaborations, and enhancing dissemination and implementation of leading research.
Our 2.5-day international, interdisciplinary conference involves several disciplines representing communication,
public health, and other social, behavioral, and health sciences. Topics addressed include interventions
designed for health risk behavior reduction in areas such as cancer, substance abuse, and infectious disease;
issues related to underserved populations, health disparities, and health literacy; interventions through
interpersonal, community, media, and new technology channels; and international health concerns, including
promoting the development of health communication programs in developing nations. Such communication-
focused inquiry is now recognized as instrumental in promoting public health. Past conference attendance has
averaged 250 participants. The audience primarily includes graduate, postdoctoral, and academic faculty
researchers, as well as healthcare practitioners, clinical researchers, and representatives from non-profit
organizations and government agencies. We emphasize participation by graduate students and early career
scientists. This audience composition allows the conference series to support one of NIH's goals: “to develop,
maintain, and renew scientific human…resources that will ensure the Nation's capability to prevent disease.”
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