Health disparities constitute a major problem for the United States. More focused research, as well as advanced training for communicators (being them journalists, advertising or public relations practitioners) is needed. The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications has established the Center for Excellence in Health Communication to Underserved Populations to promote dedicated student training as well as collaborative research and service to the community to address health disparities in the state of Kansas and abroad.
CEHCUP has three major roles:
- Educate and train undergraduate and graduate students in journalism and strategic communication about health communication practices to underserved populations and CBPR-driven approaches.
- Function as a research hub to facilitate interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research into communication practices for health campaigns addressing underserved populations.
- Provide support, assistance and know-how for community-based organizations that want to engage in health promotion or disease prevention activities.
We will achieve these objectives by integrating the current research and teaching resources available at the School that address health communication, as well as developing new tools and resources and promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration with academia, industry and community organizations.
If you are an organization or a researcher interested in health communication to underserved populations, please consider becoming a CEHCUP member. You may also contact the center by emailing us at CEHCUP@ku.edu.