About the project

This project, funded by the Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), builds on the Health Communication Research Lab’s (HCRL) and the Health Communication Design Studio’s (HCDS) prior rapid response efforts.

The team sought to establish a co-creation system to engage community members in rapid-cycle, iterative development and testing, with a goal of more quickly creating communication materials that are more relevant and effective for St. Louisans. The Co-Creation pilot project’s aim was to extend the expertise of people with lived experience of the topic area earlier in the creative process.

The goals of this project were to:

+ Understand the feasibility of co-creation as an approach and the value it provides to health communication messages,

+ Pilot a co-creation process using a topic and team that is relevant to people in the St. Louis region, and

+ Develop infrastructure and tools that can support the future use of co-creation at HCRL and HCDS.

Over the course of several months, the Co-Creation panel participated in a variety of activities, from virtual and in-person workshops to surveys and asynchronous exercises, centered on creating a tool to prompt conversations between teens and adults. The topic, focusing on teens, mental health, and identity (particularly gender and sexuality), emerged from conversations with HCRL’s partners across the St. Louis region.

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Read the Public Design Bureau‘s full report below!

Interested in referencing this report? Use this citation:

Kramer L, Spitz A. A guide for co-creation: Fostering community engagement in health communications. Public Design Bureau; 2023. https://bpb-us-w2.wpmucdn.com/sites.wustl.edu/dist/b/1253/files/2023/10/HCRL_Final_CoCreation-Report_Links.pdf.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Planning Phase

Chapter 3: Recruitment Phase

Chapter 4: Discover Phase

Chapter 5: Ideation Phase

Chapter 6: Prototyping Phase

Chapter 7: Final Phases