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Program Overview

The Vanderbilt Program on Effective Health Communication addresses health communication in research, education, and the community to promote more effective health communication, knowledge,and behavior and to improve quality of care.

Health Communication is a broad field that includes health literacy, risk communication, medical decision making, patient centered communication, addressing cultural and language barriers, and other issues. The multidisciplinary Program faculty include nationally recognized physician-scientists, nurse-researchers, nutritionists, pharmacists, health psychologists, and educational researchers. The Program provides research space, administrative and research support, and pilot funding.  Program faculty have successfully received funding from the NIH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pfizer Clear Health Communication Initiative, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Heart Association, the National Kidney Foundation, and other sources. Program faculty have published important health communication studies in JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Patient Education and Counseling, The Diabetes Educator, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, and Pediatrics. The work of our faculty has also been featured on CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more than 200 other media sources.