The contributions of health communication to eliminating health disparities.

American Journal of Public Health (Impact Factor: 4.23). 01/2005; 94(12):2053-5. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.94.12.2053
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    ABSTRACT: An area of study that has attracted the attention of health communication scholars for the past several years is health disparities. Health disparities are differences in health outcomes between socially disadvantaged and advantaged groups. This special issue of the Journal of Communication is focused on communication strategies to reduce health disparities. It features 10 articles that report original empirical studies or literature reviews of health disparities‐related research. Communication scholars working in this area have a distinct opportunity to conduct theory‐driven applied research with the potential to promote the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable among us.
    Journal of Communication 02/2013; 63(1). DOI:10.1111/jcom.12004 · 2.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Homelessness threatens the health and well-being of thousands of families in the United States, yet little is known about their specific needs and how current services address them. To fill this knowledge gap, we explored the experiences of homelessness families in Detroit, Michigan. We targeted homeless mothers and their caseworkers for study to see if the perceptions of needs and services were in alignment. Using focus groups and content analysis, we identified four overarching themes that illustrate homeless mothers' experience with homelessness. We then analyzed data from caseworkers to look specifically for similarities and differences in their perceptions. Key findings included reports of family histories of violence, poverty, social isolation, and a lack of informal support as contributing to homelessness. The differing perspectives of mothers and their caseworkers regarding how best to move forward highlight how current programs and services may not be meeting the needs of this growing and vulnerable cohort.
    Journal of Family Nursing 09/2014; DOI:10.1177/1074840714548943 · 1.57 Impact Factor

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