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Health Communication & Change Working Group

This Working Group provides a forum for critical thinking on health communication, with an emphasis on social change, recognition and respect for local knowledge and beliefs, and challenging dominant understandings of health and health communication frameworks. It encourages dialogue between disciplines, such as communication and media studies, sociology, anthropology, psychology, public health and cultural studies, and between researchers and practitioners. It aims to create a network of researchers who share knowledge, ideas, methodologies, and research outcomes as well as develop international collaborative projects in areas of need.

Chair:  SubbaRao Gavarvarapu [Contact]
Vice-Chair: Yolanda Paul [Contact]
Vice-Chair:
Kate Holland [Contact]

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The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will hold its annual conference from 20-24 June 2018 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
IAMCR's Health Communication and Change Working Group invites proposals that reflect the section's interest. 
The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will hold its annual conference from 16-20 July, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia. IAMCR's Health Communication and Change Working Group invites proposals that reflect the the section's interest. 
The Health Communication & Change and Communication & HIV/AIDS Working Groups of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions for its open session at next year’s conference, to be held in Leicester, UK, from 27 - 31 July 2016.
Conference theme: "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward"
The Health Communication and Change and HIV and AIDS Communication Working Groups invites submissions of abstracts for papers for the 2015 IAMCR conference to be held from 12-16 July, 2015 at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada.
Communication and HIV/AIDS and Health Communication and Change Working Groups – Call for Papers
The Communication and HIV/AIDS and the Health Communication and Change Working Groups of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) welcome the submission of papers for the Conference to be held in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India between 15-19 July, 2014.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been fore-warning about the effects of the economic crisis on the global health care system and delivery mechanisms. Since the economic crisis deepens social inequalities, it is necessary to ensure that health remain equally accessible to all. However, many countries are trying to protect their own national economies, at the expense of the health care system if necessary. Ensuring access to health and promoting the right to health, in the context of the crisis conditions will therefore require negotiation between social actors,...
erythrina_caffraThe Communication and HIV/AIDS Working Group and the Health, Communication and Change Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) welcome the submission of papers for the 2012 Conference to be held in Durban, South Africa from July 15-19, 2012 at the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).
The theme of the conference, ‘South-North Conversations’, reflects the inherent asymmetries in communication flows between the developed and the developing nations....
istanbulThe Health Communication and Change Working Group of the IAMCR is calling for papers for the 2011 conference in Istanbul, Turkey, 13-17 July. The conference theme is ‘Cities, Connectivity & Creativity’.
The Health Communication and Change Working Group is a forum for critical thinking and examination of health communication theory and practice that moves thinking beyond behaviour change and toward social change. We encourage conceptual papers that focus on epistemology, theory and methodology in health communication.
braga_2010IAMCR’s General Assembly accepted in July 20082008 the establishment of a new working group in IAMCR: Health Communication and Change. This working group will meet for the second time during the IAMCR 2010 Conference in Braga, Portugal, 18-22 July 2010. The overall IAMCR-conference theme is 'Communication and Citizenship. Rethinking Crisis and Change'.
It is in this light that we now invite papers for this new working group on health communication and change.
IAMCR’s new working group in Health Communication and Change is inviting submissions for the IAMCR 2009 Conference in Mexico City. The theme of the conference is "Human Rights and Communication".
Health Communication as a scientific discipline has grown significantly in the past years, establishing itself institutionally with academic courses and programmes worldwide. Traditionally. its focus was on individual behaviour change, with behaviour change communication as a central approach. The theoretical emphasis has primarily been on psychological and social-...
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