The August issue of Health Communication Science Digest (HCSD or Digest) is now available athttp://www.cdc.gov/
In the Digest this month several authors report research on health message design factors (Dixon, et al.; Hellier, et al.; Hevey & Dolan; Kareklas & Muehling; Squiers, et al.; Thompson & Kreuter) across health behaviors such as unhealthy food avoidance, emergency preparedness pamphlets, skin cancer prevention, texting while driving, and weight management. Applications of emerging strategies of communication research/evaluation methods (Belon, et al.; Holton & Coleman; Schweidel & Moe) and theory (Rintamaki & Yang) are also outlined. Studies examining sources of influence on health behaviors are reported by several (Huang, et al.; Mead, et al.; Patil, et al.; Soneji, et al.) while others report on health literacy(Horowitz, et al.; Silk & Parrott). Aspects of health information seeking (Kosenko, et al.; Kuttschreuter, et al.; Varghese, et al.) are also discussed.
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Associate Director for Communication Science
Office of the Associate Director for Communication
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Health Communication Science Digest
Moving science-based knowledge into application is recognized as a top priority to achieve and enhance public health impact. Science-based knowledge that can inform health communication practice emerges from diverse disciplinary areas (e.g., advertising, communication, epidemiology, marketing, psychology). The diversity of resources and the high volume of publications in these areas create significant challenges for those wishing to follow the scientific literature in health communication and marketing.
To address this challenge, the Science Team in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication created Health Communication Science Digest(HCSD). The HCSD series is designed to enhance awareness of emerging health communication and marketing scientific knowledge by providing you easy access to recently published articles and reports with particular relevance for the public health communication community.
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