Summit 2021

The 5th Annual National Summit for Health Communication

May 13th & 14th

Presentation Videos Now Available

Session #1: COVID-19 Communications: What We Know and Where we Need to Go


Over the last year, health communications has been tested, strengthened, and forced to iterate at lightning-fast speeds. What have we learned during 12 months evolving COVID-19 communications and how do we apply those lessons to the challenges that lay ahead? Hear how these leading health communication professionals are tackling COVID-19 at the national, state, and local levels and their predictions for what’s to come.

Lenora Johnson (moderator)
Director, Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education, and Communications
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health

Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH
Director, Prevention Research Center
Morehouse School of Medicine

Alison Rodden
CEO, Hispanic Communications Network

Rachel Tyree, MPH
Communications Director
LA County Department of Public Health


Session #2: Learnings and Insights that Inform Content Strategy


The past year has presented tremendous challenges in the field of health communication. How information is being disseminated has changed tremendously over the past 40 years. Being nimble and ready to tackle the challenge is essential. Learn how WebMd and Medscape ramped up to meet the needs of their audiences.

Hansa Bhargava, MD
Senior Medical Director
WebMd and Medscape


Session #3: Fighting Mis/Disinformation with Science and Persuasive Messaging


As health communication professionals, we know that communicating effectively today is challenging. How can we reach our audience in a fragmented media landscape, where there’s little agreement on who is a credible source, and political and personal biases shape how health information is shared and received? Hear how some of today’s leading experts understand and explain these ongoing challenges and strategies for breaking through the noise with persuasive health messages.

Tesfa Alexander, PhD (moderator)
Director, Division of Research and Evaluation
Center for Tobacco Products, FDA

Imran Ahmed
CEO, The Center for Countering Digital Hate

Virginia Brown, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Population Health
Dell Medical School, UT Austin

Julie Rovner
Chief Washington Correspondent
Kaiser Health News
Host, What the Health Podcast

Emily Vraga
Associate Professor, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Minnesota


Session #4: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: How to Make a Difference in Your Organization  


Soon Mee Kim
Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Omnicom Public Relations Group


About the Event


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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Who Should Attend

We welcome anyone working in or dedicated to the field of health communication. Our mission is to bridge the gap between public health, healthcare, digital health, academia, and research. If you work in communications, behavior change, health literacy, or related fields, we want to engage with you at Summit!


What Our Attendees Had to Say

We asked participants at past Summits to describe the benefits of attending, and here's a small sampling of what they had to say:

  • “Collaboration and new ideas generated – fantastic day!”
  • “Hearing about the variety of topics and diversity of sectors.”
  • “It’s a candid approach to the challenges facing the field.”
  • “Opportunity to hear the issues that others are concerned with.”
  • “It was inspiring to see people from so many areas come together and share their passion for HCOM.”

Email Us with Questions

Email us at [email protected] if you have questions about the event. Follow us on Twitter @healthcommsoc for updates. We hope to see you at the Summit! 


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