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ECA 2022 Convention - Health Communication Interest Group Call for Papers

Call for Papers

2022 Eastern Communication Association Convention (Re)union

Philadelphia, PA

April 7 to 9, 2022 

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021 11:59 (ET)

The 2022 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) convention will be an opportunity for (re)union! As such, the Health Communication interest group encourages submissions that address the convention theme “(Re)union”. This includes:

-Reuniting colleagues who have similar research and teaching interests

-Reuniting colleagues who have made significant contributions through their collaborative work

-Reuniting colleagues who have shared mentorship experiences

-Building new unions within ECA to move our discipline forward

-Building new unions between ECA and the larger communities in which our members live and work

-Creating opportunities to connect around shared research and teaching interests

-Opportunities for reflection on the effects of the global pandemic on our teaching, research, and professional development and how to move forward

-Deliberation on how communication scholars and educators contribute to a post-pandemic world

No topic has permeated the globe over the past year and a half more than health. As COVID-19 has ravaged the world, we have collectively turned our attention to how health messages are disseminated, the strategies with which our words are expressed, and the reflection on effective, positive, change-making health communication conversations.

We invite the following types of submissions:

  1. Individual Papers
  2. Panel Discussions

Submissions must not have been presented at another conference and can only be submitted to one interest group at ECA. Our division will award Top Paper Awards, including one Top Student Paper Award. Student-led submissions (i.e. student is first author, faculty member is co-author) are eligible for the Top Paper Awards.

  1. Individual Papers:

-Only complete papers will be considered

-Papers must be no longer than 25 pages and use a 12-point font size; double-spaced; 1-inch margins (abstract, references, tables, and figures are not included in the 25-page limit)

-Papers must conform to APA 7th Edition guidelines

-The paper must be uploaded as a PDF

-All identifying author(s) information (names, institutions, hidden document properties) must be removed; if this requirement is not met, submissions will not be eligible for review

-Please specify on the electronic submission if any/all authors are student authors

  1. Panel Discussions:

These can take the form of a discussion panel of scholars, students, practitioners, or a combination

-Please use the following guidelines for panel discussion submissions:

  1. a) Include a title, a chair, and a 250-word abstract of each paper/presentation
  2. b) Please include names and affiliations (i.e. institution/organization) for each presenter

Additional Submission Information:

ECA utilizes Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. ECA will send an email to members and update the Convention section of its website with a link to the submission link. To submit your work, you will be prompted to log in using ECA-specific credentials (you do not use login credentials you may have created for any other association, such as NCA, that uses Attendee Interactive), or to create an account. 

Submission website:

You may only submit a single paper to one interest group or affiliate organization for consideration.

You must include the following Statement of Professional Responsibility with all papers and panels:  

In submitting the attached paper/panel, I/We recognize that an accepted paper/panel is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the ECA convention, pay fees, and present the work. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies should take all possible measures to arrange an alternate presenter, and communicate their plans to both the Interest Group Planner and ECA VP.

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 2022

Health Communication: Rationale and Possible Areas of Inquiry

Health Communication research is one of the most visible and grant-funded areas of scholarship in communication. This is further evidenced by the proliferation of graduate programs and positions in this area, along with the increase in specialized conferences and journals for health communication research and practice. ECA plays an important role in representing the discipline as it works to advance theory, research, teaching, and practical applications of human and mediated communication to health care and health promotion.

Examples of health communication research include (but are not limited to):

-Understanding and documenting how health is negotiated in the context of race, class, gender, sexuality, caste, ethnicity, and other intersectionalities

-Testing and/or introducing theories of human communication and behavior

-Improving shared decision-making between patients and providers

-Providing new opportunities to connect with culturally diverse and hard-to-reach populations

-Developing personalized self-management tools and resources

-Understanding social support networks

-Delivering accurate, accessible, and actionable health information that is targeted or tailored

-Facilitating the meaningful use of health IT and exchange of health information among health care and public health professionals

-Enabling quick and informed responses to health risks and public health emergencies

-Improving health literacy skills

-Providing sound principles in the design of programs and interventions that result in healthier behaviors

-Documenting content and effects of health-focused media

-Increasing Internet and mobile access for health

-Evaluating the opportunities and threats associated with implementing health campaigns via social media channels

Criteria for Acceptance:

Submissions will be reviewed/assessed based on the following critera:

-Please rate the quality of the submission’s conceptual rationale. To what extent does this submission have a clear and well-chosen theoretical basis? Does this submission contain innovative ideas? Does the submission address important questions? To what extent does the submission craft a compelling rationale?

-Please rate the quality of the submission’s methodology. To what extent is the method of data collection and/or analysis appropriate for the research question/idea or hypothesis?

-Please rate the quality of the submission’s discussion of findings/analysis. To what extent will the submission substantially improve our understanding of health communication? Does this submission have compelling theoretical and/or practical implications? Does the submission challenge existing paradigms? To what extent are the findings important and compelling?

-How well does this submission reflect the 2022 convention theme of (Re)union?

We look forward to our 2022 (re)union!

Amanda D. Damiano, Ph.D.
Planner, Health Communication Interest Group/ECA 2022
Marist College

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