The Department of Communication and Center for Health and Risk Communication at George Mason University  are pleased to be hosting the 4th biennial D.C. Health Communication Conference.  This year’s focus is Patient-Center Health Communication. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for all things DCHC 2017.  We look forward to seeing you in April!

Beginning in 2012, funding for DCHC and its partner conference, KCHC, was made possible in part by a grant (R13CA168316) from the National Cancer Institute and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade name, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

What’s new for DCHC 2017?


  • Interactive discussion session with Federal agencies on getting funding for health communication research


  • New online abstract submission system
  • Expanded programming of competitive papers in traditional presentations
  • Expanded opportunities for competitive paper awards
  • New schedule format with more provided snack breaks
  • More spacious and sunny poster room, with access to outdoor patio space for continuing conversations
  • Multiple poster sessions allowing fewer posters per board and fewer posters per session, making it easier to get to more posters and talk to more authors
  • Special interactive session expanding discussion on inter-professional collaborative work among social science and clinical researchers, launching the Social Science-Clinical Research Alliance (SSCRA), a cooperative venture of DCHC, KCHC and AACH.

Learn more about DCHC checkout:

The Preconference
Internal Board
External Board
Past Conferences DCHC and KCHC
KCHC 2018