• The HCRL is founded at St. Louis University with four staff and three projects.


  • HCRL launches CDC-funded Eliminating Health Disparities fellowship program.


    • First edition of Tailoring Health Messages published. Book on Amazon
    • The ABC Immunization Calendar reaches thousands of families in St. Louis.


  • HCRL selected as one of two Centers of Excellence at Saint Louis University.
  • 2003

  • The National Cancer Institute designates the HCRL as a Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research.
  • CDC selects the HCRL selected to join its Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network
  • “Cultural appropriateness” paper published in Health Education and Behavior. It will become the journal’s second most cited paper 2000-2010.
  • 2005

  • The Ozioma News Service is created for Black newspapers. oziomanews.org
  • 2008

  • The NCI renews the HCRL’s designation as a Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research for another 5 years.
  • The HCRL moves to Washington University in St. Louis.
  • The HCRL introduces its MIYO (Make It Your Own) system for creating health messages and platforms.
  • 2009

  • “Rethinking the dissemination challenge” is published in the American Journal of Public Health, laying out the HCRL vision for translating science into practice.
  • 2010

  • LocalHealthData.org/OziomaOnline wins Health 2.0 Developers Award from NCI.
  • 2012

  • The “Living Proof” app for iPhone and iPad is launched, providing access to the videotaped stories of breast cancer survivors.
  • 2014

  • MIYO 2.0 is developed, allowing users to see their products as they are being created.
  • The Milbank Quarterly publishes the HCRL’s recommendations on extending the reach of the Affordable Care Act, drawing on 17 years of original studies.
  • 2-1-1 Counts launched