Special Issue "Health Communication Interventions and Health Literacy in the 21st Century"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Communication".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Carel Jansen
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Department of Communication and Information Studies, University of Groningen, 9712 CP Groningen, The Netherlands
Interests: health communication; health literacy; narratives; fear appeals; comprehensibility
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Dr. Andrea F. de Winter
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Guest Editor
Department of Health Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, P.O. Box 30.001, FA10, 9700 RB Groningen, The Netherlands
Interests: the role of health literacy and communication to promote person- and patient-centered prevention and care
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Dr. Burt Davis
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Assistant Guest Editor
Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management, Stellenbosch University, 3V87+VQ Stellenbosch, South Africa
Interests: health-based document analysis and design; health communication and promotion in underserved communities; narratives; fear appeals; impact of HIV in the workplace; HIV-related policy and program development and design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Theoretical and experimental research has contributed a lot to our knowledge of the determinants of success of persuasive messages in health communication. However, communication professionals in this field still face great challenges when trying to develop messages that effectively change the behavior of large groups of people. This is evident, for example, from present-day problems in persuading people to adhere to the guidelines for containing the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific difficulties emerge when trying to reach groups with a low level of health literacy.

This Special Issue will report studies into the effects of theory-based health communication interventions in groups with a low level of health literacy, preferably compared with the effects of the same interventions in other groups. We also welcome, for instance, studies on the co-creation of new interventions or qualitative studies to understand perspectives of vulnerable groups to inform communication interventions.

We expect authors not only to discuss the significance of their findings for the practice of health communication, but also to pay close attention to the contribution of their research to the theoretical framework they have chosen as a starting point, and to the upliftment of the groups/communities they have studied.

Prof. Dr. Carel Jansen
Dr. Andrea F. de Winter
Dr. Burt Davis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • health communication
  • health literacy
  • health promotion
  • intervention
  • persuasion

Published Papers

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