Communicating Science to Reduce Health Disparities in a World of Communication Inequalities

Featuring Kasisomayajula Viswanath, PhD

A signal feature of the 21st century is the significant advances in life sciences that are yielding tremendous dividends in the improvement of health and well-being across the globe. Yet, it is clear that benefits from this life-sciences revolution are accruing unequally across population groups. Part of the reason lies in the way we communicate science to different groups, resulting in significant science communication inequalities. Communication inequalities are an enormous threat to health and well-being in the 21st Century for individuals, families, and communities. This lecture will illuminate the reality of communication inequalities and the serious health consequences. By focusing on the communication needs of the poor and underserved, this lecture will offer concrete and responsive strategies for reducing communication inequalities to advance individual and population health.

Prof. Viswanath is Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center for Translational Communication Science. His primary research focuses on the relationship between communication equalities, poverty and health disparities.

Commentator: Hubbard School affiliate faculty member Sarah Gollust, Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

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Coffman Memorial Union, Mississippi Room

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