Expanding the reach of health information into vulnerable populations and communities. 


Making connections that link people to the health services they need. 


Increasing the effectiveness of health information by putting it in context of people’s lives.



Acayo Laker honored with community service award

Dr. Penina Acayo Laker, director of the Health Communication Design Studio and Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Washington University’s Sam Fox School, received the Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award for her leadership engaging community partners at the intersection of racial inequities, health and communication.


At Washington University’s 2021 Founders Day event, the HCRL’s Matthew Kreuter was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award.


According to Pew Research Center, 21% of U.S. adults do not intend to get vaccinated and are “pretty certain” more information will not change their mind. Washington University public health professor Matthew Kreuter discussed the public health messaging necessary to get everyone on board.

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Younger moms hesitant to vaccinate kids against COVID

Fathers older than age 34 were more open to having their child vaccinated against COVID-19, while younger Black and white mothers were the least open to it, finds a new survey of Medicaid recipients from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Click here for complete story

Dance Battles and Stories to Boost COVID-19 Vaccinations

Dance battles might not look much like labs, but that’s where researchers from Washington University go seeking insights into how young African Americans in North St. Louis think about COVID-19. It’s essential knowledge for those working to increase the rate of vaccination in this underserved Missouri community. Since July, Matthew Kreuter, Ph.D., professor of public […]
One of these things is not like the others: COVID needs in St. Louis

One of these things is not like the others: COVID needs in St. Louis

COVID needs are drawing a more diverse set of callers to St. Louis’ top helpline. We mapped 94,661 requests to the 211 helpline for housing, food, utilities, and COVID-19 assistance from 63 ZIP codes in St. Louis City and County between March 12, 2020 and April 28, 2021. The patterns of community need were strikingly […]