On December 2 and December 10, 2021, our team convened audiences of journalists, communication professionals, researchers and advocates to learn about and discuss research findings. On December 2, the team led a discussion on Storytelling and the Social Safety Net, while the session on December 10 focused on Communicating about Race, Class, and Health Equity.
The objectives of both sessions were to share research on how media and messaging can build healthy and equitable communities, connect like-minded people from different fields who are interested in these topics, and collectively consider communication challenges and new research ideas.
With the support of expert facilitation from the Metropolitan Group as well as graphic recording by Rio Holaday, the events were successful. Post-webinar evaluations demonstrated that participants found the content useful, and the discussion generated many critical questions that must be tackled to guide a path forward in using communication and mass media to advance health equity.
Specifically, on the topic of Storytelling and the Social Safety Net, key discussion points emerged:
The discussion on Communication about Race, Class, and Health Equity was similarly generative and engaging. Participants discussed current and future challenges in communication about racial equity, including:
Below are the graphical recordings of the presentations and discussions at both events. The COMM team looks forward to a new year of research and action to tackle these challenges.
Support for these webinars was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
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.