HCRL staff and students present at UCDA design summit

Student designer Matthew Grossman presented his work, “iHeard St. Louis: A case study in data-driven health communication design decisions,” at the University & College Designers Association (UCDA) design education summit in May 2024. Co-authors included Penina Laker, Rachel Garg, Christine Watridge, Alex Koehl, Alexis Marsh, and Matthew Kreuter. Other work presented at the summit included […]

HCRL papers in special issue of AJPH

Two papers authored by members of the Health Communication Research Laboratory were included in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) special supplement, Leveraging the Power of Communities During Public Health Emergencies. Written in collaboration with community partners, the two papers feature the team’s community-engaged research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view the full issue.

iHeard STL recognized in CNN article

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The iHeard St. Louis project at the HCRL was highlighted in a recent CNN article as a promising hyperlocal initiative to promote public trust in health and science. 

Washington Magazine showcased the Health Communication Research Laboratory’s community-engaged research

Washington Magazine showcased the Health Communication Research Laboratory’s community-engaged research, highlighting the team’s collaborative initiatives with local nonprofits and government agencies dedicated to tackling the health information needs of St. Louis community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kreuter shared, “We illustrated a new way that academic research centers like ours can work with community partners […]

iHeard STL receives national design award

Graphic Design USA has honored iHeard STL with its 2023 Health + Wellness Design Award.  The longstanding annual competition received over 3,500 entries in 2023 and honors the top 10% as winners. Award recipient Penina Acayo Laker directs the Health Communication Design Studio (HCDS) at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and leads the […]

Garg joins Brown School faculty

Rachel Garg, assistant professor research track, examines the impact of individual-level unmet social needs – such as housing instability and food insecurity – on health outcomes and behaviors such as smoking cessation. She seeks to build theory around mechanisms linking social needs and health to inform future intervention development to address social needs and reduce […]

Nearly 1 million assistance calls made to 211 in August

In August 2023, Americans made nearly a million calls for help to the 211 emergency resources helpline, according to 211 Counts, a national tracking system in 36 states developed by the Brown School’s Health Communication Research Laboratory (HCRL) at Washington University in St. Louis. Read more at The Source.

New ranking lists HCRL’s Matthew Kreuter among top social scientists in the US, world

Research.com released the 2nd edition of its ranking of the best social science scholars and Dr. Kreuter ranked #300 in the U.S. and #586 in the world out of 15,317 social scientists considered. The ranking is based on scholarly papers published and cited in social sciences and humanities. Data included publications through December, 2022. Research.com reported 189 such papers, cited 22,555 times for […]

2023 William H. Danforth St. Louis Confluence Award winner presentation

Matthew Kreuter, along with his collaborators and community partners, shares a presentation ‘Community Partnerships to Address COVID Disparities in St. Louis’. This community-engaged research was selected as the 2023 William H. Danforth St. Louis Confluence Award winner. Watch the video here.

Kreuter and Broadus present iHeard

Matthew Kreuter and Damon Broadus, a community partner from the St. Louis County Department of Public health, presented the iHeard project at the National Conference on Health Communication.  COMMUNITY-ENGAGED RESEARCH: PARTNERING FOR A HEALTHIER FUTURE 2022 National Conference on Health Communication , Marketing and Media.  Atlanta, GA.  August 17, 2022.

Acayo Laker honored with community service award

Professor 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. Read more about the award here. Read […]

HCRL students participate in graduate research symposium

Three HCRL students, Hannah Kinzer, Caitlin O’Connell, and Olivia Weng, participated in the Washington University Graduate Research Symposium. They examined COVID-19 misinformation and protective behaviors under the mentorship of Dr. Kim Johnson. Hannah Kinzer (1st place ) and Olivia Weng (2nd place) both were recognized for excellence.  Kinzer, H. (2022, April 7). An analysis of open-ended responses […]

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 […]