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 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. 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 […]