Call & Submission



DCHC 2019 Call for Abstracts

The 5th Biennial D.C. Health Communication Conference (DCHC)

“International  and Global Health Communication Research”


April 25-27, 2017, 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, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax at Fair Lakes. The pre-conference 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.

The main conference will feature competitive papers, posters and panel sessions covering not only issues related to the conference theme of “International  and Global Health Communication Research” 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 27th 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, 2018. 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, 2019. Submit abstracts online to.

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: 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
Please see the registration page for pricing when it goes live this fall.
*To receive Priority Rates you must register on or before March 1st 2017.