Call for Abstracts 2017

The 4th Biennial D.C. Health Communication Conference (DCHC)

“Patient-Centered Health Communication”


April 27-29, 2017, Hyatt Regency at Fair Lakes Hotel & Conference Center, Fairfax, Virginia


The Department of Communication at George Mason University announces the innovative 2017 D.C. Health Communication Conference, “Patient-Centered Communication,” April 27–29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax at Fair Lakes. The pre-conference on Thursday April 27th will focus on the theme, “Enhancing the Use of Multiple Health Communication Channels” with a variety of invited speakers and interactive panel discussions.

The main conference will feature competitive papers, posters and panel sessions covering not only issues related to the conference theme of “Patient-Centered Health Communication” but also to broadly defined concerns across a breadth of topics relevant to health communication research and practice. The conference reception Friday evening will be held in a lovely outdoor setting to offer participants an opportunity to relax after a full day of work. Saturday, April 29th will continue additional competitive paper and panel sessions and will conclude with a luncheon keynote presentation by the winner of The Charles Atkin Award for Outstanding Translational Health Communication Scholar. Top paper and poster awards will also be given at this luncheon.  Abstract programmed in poster sessions are eligible for poster awards in three categories: Top Student, Top Early Career Scholar, and Top Overall. Abstracts accepted for panel presentations will be eligible for awards in those same categories, provided that complete papers are submitted by February 15th. Specific instructions will be given at the time of acceptance.

Call for Abstracts:  The deadline for submitting one page abstracts is December 1, 2016. Submission will be through the DCHC website, and the link will be live in early November. We encourage both new and seasoned health communication scholars to submit their work. Those who submit abstracts will be informed of acceptance by January 20, 2017. Submit abstracts online to:



Charles Atkin Translational Health Communication Research Scholar Award: The 4th 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, 2017 at: A nomination should consist of a letter detailing why the nominee deserves the award, accompanied by the nominee’s CV.


Contact Information:

  • General conference info: Anne Nicotera, Conference Manager,
  • Abstract submission info: Kevin Wright, Main Conference Program Planner,
  • Preconference & Atkin Award info: Gary Kreps, Preconference Manager & Atkin Award Committee Chair,
  • Website info: Brittany Sanders, Assistant Conference Manager & Webmaster,

DCHC Conference Registration Prices & Information

Priority Deadline: March 1st


Pre-Conference Only (Thursday, April 27)

Priority Rate: $100

Regular Rate: $140

Student Priority Rate: $80

Regular Student Rate: $110


Main Conference Only (Friday/Saturday, April 28-29)

Priority Rate: $250

Regular Rate: $300

Student Priority Rate: $200

Regular Student Rate: $250


Pre-Conference & Main Conference (Thurs/Friday/Saturday, April 27-29)

Priority Rate: $340

Regular Rate: $400

Student Priority Rate: $275

Regular Student Rate: $320


*To receive Priority Rates you must register on or before March 1st 2017.


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Conference Venue:  Hyatt Regency Fairfax at Fair Lakes ( Address: 12777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, 22033, Tel: +1 703 818 1234, Fax: +1 703 653 6190. The Hyatt Regency Fairfax at Fair Lake is conveniently located just 7 miles from George Mason University, 11 miles from Dulles Airport, and 23 miles from Washington, DC.  It is easily accessible via car and public transportation.  It is a first-class hotel and conference venue for hosting world-class meetings in an environment that promotes interaction. For reservations, please call the Fair Lakes Hyatt at +1 (703)818-1234 and use Block: DCHC 2017 Our group discount hotel rates for Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday are $ 115 plus tax, single or double occupancy.


*Support for the DCHC conference has been generously provided by a conference grant from the National Cancer Institute and the NIH Office of   Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, as well as by the GMU Center for Health & Risk Communication. DCHC is the sister conference of the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC). Please also consider submitting your work and attending the KCHC 2018 Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

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