2019 DCHC Conference

 Abstract Submission is Live! 

Please see the submission page for the link. Abstracts will be accepted through Dec. 1. 

2019 Conference rates have been set and you can view them on the registration and rates page. 

Call for Abstracts

The deadline for submitting one page abstracts is December 1st, 2018. Submissions will be through the DCHC website and the link is live. We encourage both new and seasoned health communication scholars to submit their work. Those who submit abstracts will be informed of acceptance by January 20th, 2019. Submit abstracts to the link that will be provided on dchc.gmu.edu

The Charles Atkin Award for Translational Health Communication Research Scholar Award: The 5th Translational Health Communication Scholar Award will be presented at the conference to an eminent scholar who has made major contributions to health communication research, practice, and policy. Nominations for this award will be accepted until February 1, 2019 at: gkreps@gmu.edu. A nomination should consist of a letter detailing why the nominee deserves the award, accompanied by the nominee’s CV.

Keynote Announcement! 


The Department of Communication at George Mason University is pleased to announce Dr. Gaya Gamhewage will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 D.C. Health CommunicationConference (DCHC) as part of the “International and Global Health Communication Research” conference theme. The conference will take place on April 26–27th, 2019 (with a preconference on April 25th) at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax at Fair Lakes in Fairfax,Virginia.



Look for the 2019 DCHC Call for Submissions announcement in early October!

Dr. Gaya Gamhewage Biography

Gaya Gamhewage, a medical doctor by training, currently leads Communications Capacity Building at the World Health Organization headquarters based in Geneva,Switzerland. She is responsible for supporting governments across the world build sustainable risk communications capacity as legally required by the International health regulations (2005), the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and for training WHO staff in 155 countries. She is a public health expert and focuses on risk, emergency and crisis communications. Read more…

We look forward to hosting our 5th biennial D.C. Health Communication conference.

The theme for 2019 is  “International and Global Health Communication Research”

Please also be sure to join us for the preconference on Thursday, April 25, “Grant Writing 101: Boot Camp with NIH”

April 25-27, 2019, Hyatt Regency at Fair Lakes Hotel & Conference Center, Fairfax, Virginia

The Department of Communication at George Mason University announces the innovative 2019 D.C. Health Communication Conference, “International  and Global Health Communication Research ,” April 25–27, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax at Fair Lakes. The preconference on Thursday April 25th will focus on the theme, “Grant Writing 101: Boot Camp with NIH” with a variety of invited speakers and interactive panel discussions. More information coming soon!