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Teaching about Society, Health Equity, and Health Communication: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

  • Program: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Because of its multisectoral and multidisciplinary nature, health communication has emerged as an essential discipline in our quest to achieve health, racial and social equity both in the U.S. and globally. Among others, inequities have been exacerbated by the ever-increasing socioeconomic divide in the US and in many countries, the persistence of social discrimination in our society (e.g., such as in the case of racism, gender bias, bias toward the LGBTQI+ community or people living in poverty or with a disability, xenophobia, and other forms of implicit and/or institutional bias), the “empathy crisis”, as well as the disproportionate burden of the COVID-19 pandemic among communities that experience marginalization or other kinds of vulnerability. In light of these conditions, successful health communication interventions require the active participation of affected individuals, communities, and multiple professional sectors. This presentation shares lessons learned from teaching a graduate course on Society, Health Equity, and Health Communication offered by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences since 2013. The course focuses on a review and critical analysis of health communication approaches and strategies that are inclusive of local communities. It also discusses the role of health communication in the health equity movement and prepares students to: 1) design effective health communication interventions, 2) integrate a health equity lens in this work, and 3) engage a variety of groups in support of health equity. Lessons learned, future directions, and implications for curriculum development are discussed.
Presenters
Renata Schiavo
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Senior Lecturer
  • Linked Session ID: 942216
  • Authors: Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL1, Marita Murrman, EdD, MS2, James Colgrove, PhD, MPH1, Mayela Arana, MPH3, Christian Gloria, PhD, MA, CHES1, Gina Wingood, ScD, MPH4, Azure Nowara, MPH, CHES5, Kendall Logan6, Isabella Kopits6, Sarah Bloomstone6, MaryAnne Lynch Small 6
    1Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, 21) Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences: 2) Region 2 Public Health Training Center, 3Region 2 Public Health Training Center, 41) Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, 5Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 6Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Learning Outcome 1: Discuss teaching strategies, lessons learned, and implications for curriculum development to integrate a health equity lens in graduate courses on health communication
  • Learning Outcome 2: Describe recommendations for future directions on integrating a health equity lens in health communication courses
  • Linked Session Title: Exploring Public Health/Communication at the Intersection of Race/Ethnicity (organized by HCWG)