How can communication help to build healthy and equitable communities?


We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers who study media coverage of health and social policy issues and how media and messaging shape opinions, attitudes, and behaviors in a complex, polarized, and changing information environment.

We don’t promise easy or one-size-fits-all solutions for difficult problems. Instead, we offer a deep and nuanced understanding of the media ecosystem and the policy context surrounding the most important population health issues of our time. We consider how the specific communication, political, and social context surrounding health and social policies may shape responses to strategic messages.

Our research evidence can help health advocates, journalists, and others consider the intended and unintended consequences of their communication.

FOCUS AREAS


Research conducted by members of our team has collectively made great advances in knowledge of the determinants, content, and effects of media relevant to advancing health and racial equity. Our research agenda spans five related Focus Areas:

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Browse our Resource Library for publications by our team. Search by focus areas, research methodology, type of media we examine, and specific topics.

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Our core team includes researchers at three institutions: Cornell University, Wesleyan University, and the University of Minnesota. Our research tracks the content of media (including news and advertisements); examines the impact of media messaging on attitudes, values, and behavior; and identifies new opportunities to engage with partners and disseminate work so that this research is implemented in ways that can promote health and racial equity.

Our core team includes researchers at three institutions: Cornell University, Wesleyan University, and the University of Minnesota.

Support for this website was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the foundation.

 

Communication research to build healthy and equitable communities.
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