Special Issue "What Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Teach Us About Health Literacy and Health Communication?"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 7154
Interests: public health communication; social marketing; anthropology; patient–provider communication; health literacy
2. Fellow, Chiles Center, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
Interests: health literacy; women’s health; reproductive Health; MCH oral health; implementation science; quality improvement
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a test of everything we know in public health and healthcare delivery. Countless public health scientists, healthcare providers, and health communicators can be credited with saving millions of lives. However, we also lost too many. How can we do a better job moving forward?
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky has asked the agency to do a better job communicating directly with the public . The summary document posted on the website does not reference longstanding guidance such as the HHS Office of Minority Health standards for “Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services” (CLAS)  nor the health literacy objectives in Healthy People 2020  or HP 2030 . However, we may assume, given the government’s charge, they are implicitly woven in.
Were you able to apply evidence-based/best practices in health literacy and/or culturally sensitive health communication during the COVID-19 pandemic? A good case study—what worked and what did not—is welcome. Manuscripts describing translational research, dissemination, implementation, and/or evaluation are especially encouraged.
The social media-fueled “infodemic” has lingering effects on how the public perceives or trusts health information. Studies of the problem, or interventions to create and promote shared meaning about how science works, are of interest.
What did you learn about gaps and opportunities to accelerate health education/training, research, policy, and/or practice with regard to health literacy and the pandemic? Studies at the programmatic or policy level are also welcome.
 Healthy People is the process and documentation of data-driven objectives to improve the health and well being of the nation. It is revised every decade.
 Health Communication and Health Information Technology Workgroup - Healthy People 2030 | health.gov Accessed September 3, 2022.
Dr. Claudia F. Parvanta
Dr. Cheryl A. Vamos
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- personal and organizational health literacy
- health disciplines/professions
- co-creation of health communication
- culturally sensitive, transcreation
- science literacy
- misinformation, “Infodemic”
- social media
- CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services)