Communication Research and the Response to Ebola: An ICA Panel May 21-25

ica4On May 22, the Health Communication Collaborative (HC3) will participate in a panel discussion on communication research and the Ebola response at the International Communication Association’s 65th Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A teleconference line will be provided for those unable to attend in person. The panel will take place from 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM EDT.

US-based callers: 888-651-5908
Others: 602-333-0021
Participant Code: 6596122

The overall aim of the panel, “Communication Research Response to the Ebola Outbreak: The Only Cure Available,” is to reflect upon the recent outbreak and emphasize the importance of including health communication and culture in a response to rapidly emerging health threats. By providing critical, theoretical, and data-driven perspectives, the panelists will demonstrate the value and capability of communication theory and research in an outbreak.

Using a social ecological approach, the panel will discuss research focused on policy and culture, health systems, community and individual response, and how those areas are integrated. Key integration questions to be discussed include:

  • What can communication scholarship and practice reveal about public response to an emerging health issue like Ebola?
  • What does an emerging health issue like Ebola reveal about links between different domains of communication theory and praxis?
  • What can we learn from the communication response to Ebola that will move the field of health and development communication forward?

The Panel

  • Collins Airhihenbuwa – Head and Professor of Bio-behavioral health, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Catie Bailard and Silvio Waisbord – School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
  • Michael Bailey and Amanda Berman – Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
  • Daniel Barnett – Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Maha Bashri – Department of Communication, Bradley University
  • Mohan Dutta – Provost Chair Professor and Head, Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore
  • Maria Elena Figueroa – Department of Health Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Maria Lapinski – Associate Dean for Research, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Professor, Department of Communication and Michigan AgBio Research, Michigan State University
  • Rafael Obregon – Chief, Communication for Development Section, Gender, Rights and Civic Engagement Cluster Programme Division, UNICEF
  • Shaunak Sastry – Assistant Professor, Department of Communication University of Cincinnati

The Moderators

  • Douglas Storey – Director for Communication Science and Research, Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Khadidiatou Ndiaye – Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University


Kathi Fox | HC3 Communications Associate

Kathleen Fox is a Communications Associate and Ebola Documentation Specialist for HC3. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and the HC3 project, she was a consultant for the HIV Department at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where her work focused primarily on projects related to the development of the WHO adolescent HIV guidelines, various HIV testing and counseling projects, and the WHO HIV consolidated strategic information guide. She researched and wrote about such issues as age of consent laws and access to HIV testing and counseling (HTC); HIV-, age-, and gender-related stigma and discrimination; HIV adherence and retention; and general and context-specific needs for and barriers to young key populations and young women seeking HIV and sexual and reproductive information and care. Kathi holds a BFA in visual communication from Northern Illinois University, and several master’s degrees from the University of Oxford (UK) and Indiana University in the history of medicine; the history of war and empire; and public health—with a concentration in behavioral, social, and community health. Before her postgraduate studies, Kathi worked for 15 years as an art director/creative director in advertising and design, where her award-winning work included over 100 targeted advertising campaigns (print, billboards, radio, TV, and internet) and corporate communication programs.

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