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:

  1. Educate and train undergraduate and graduate students in journalism and strategic communication about health communication practices to underserved populations and CBPR-driven approaches.
  2. Function as a research hub to facilitate interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research into communication practices for health campaigns addressing underserved populations.
  3. 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.

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Best ad staff in the nation: 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012. —College Newspaper Business & Advertising Managers
85 percent of classes have fewer than 50 students
2nd place: Hearst Foundation “College Pulitzers” national writing contest, 2011
Top-ranked teachers, including National Journalism Teacher of the Year Doug Ward
71 percent of classes have 30 or fewer students
Students prepare marketing projects for Sprint, Coca-Cola, NASA, and other corporations
81 percent of 2011 journalism graduates were employed full time six months after graduating
—University of Georgia study