Welcome to JHC Impact

Welcome to JHC Impact — a new two-way blog for health communicators from the editors of the Journal of Health Communications: International Perspectives. 

JHC Impact is the first initiative of JHC’s 25th Anniversary year.  It supplements the journal’s scholarly material by providing health communications practitioners and scholars with timely insights and an “open mic” to discuss breaking news on issues, ideas and practices that affect the health communications community.  

JHC Impact delivers news and comment about all aspects of health communications, ahead and outside of JHC’s normal and necessary peer review process. We explore the trends that we expect health communications scholars to study in greater depth in the future.  We call attention to the latest health communications innovations, successes and failures.  We also interview the authors of JHC’s published articles to take a deeper dive into their work, learn about their thinking and what new research leads they are following now. 

Our first blogs take a look at several aspects of Covid-19 communications. 

We look forward to your comments and participation!

See what’s new…

Why we are not listening

Behavioral science explains why we ignore COVID-19 messages and keep spreading the disease by Imre Varju I remember vividly the way my friend described buying his first iPhone. How after saving for months, he spent hours in the store with his wife, browsing through different types until they found the right one. How he declined […]

New Yorkers and COVID-19 (week 3)

Anxiety rises over job and housing loss, and more New Yorkers fear getting sick as the virus hits people they know. (New York, NY, March 30). A majority (56%) of New York City residents did not think the assistance provided by the federal government for NYC and the state as a whole is sufficient to […]

New Yorkers and COVID-19 (week 2)

Job loss in NYC disproportionately impacts Hispanics and lower income city residents (New York, NY, March 23) Nearly three in ten New York City residents (29%) report that either they or someone in their household has lost their job as a result of coronavirus over the last two weeks. In addition, 80% of NYC residents said they […]

New Yorkers and COVID-19 (week 1)

Support for school closures, while most feel not at risk for contracting the illness (New York, March 16) A new CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) survey released today found that 60% of New York State residents believe their chances of contracting the novel Coronavirus are low or very low. […]

CUNY SPH Tracking Survey: COVID-19

Researchers from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) and Emerson College are rolling out a weekly survey to capture where New Yorkers get information on COVID-19, how they perceive their personal risk, and what actions they are taking to protect themselves. The COVID-19 Tracking Survey is designed by CUNY […]

The Call for a COVID-19 "News Bureau"

A new article published by the National Academy of Medicine (Ratzan et al., 2020) provides key recommendations on ​health communication during a pandemic. The authors, a collaboration among global health experts, suggest that a leading governmental medical spokesperson should be tasked to provide continuous updates to the public on the ongoing COVID-19 threat. A recent ​Emerson College poll cited in the article shows that 50% of […]

Learn about the Journal of Health Communication

This website is an initiative of the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, the leading journal covering the full breadth of a field that focuses on the communication of health information globally. Articles on the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives feature topics such as: – Developments in the field of health communication;– New media, […]


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