This post was written by CH alum, Amy Behrens.
Press ‘play’ on the Digital Health Communication Extravaganza’s (DHCX) promotional video, and the words “get ready for a deep dive into the digital age of health communication” flash across the screen to a pulsing bass line. If you haven’t heard about this brand-new conference, allow us to fill you in… and what better time, as the early registration deadline was just extended to December 31.
Slated for February 15-17, 2012, DHCX is the brainchild of health marketing and communication expert Dr. Jay Bernhardt, founder of the CDC National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media, and sponsored by the University of Florida Center for Digital Health and Wellness. This innovative event offers participants tools on applying “digital resources in community and health care settings to obtain optimal behavior changes and health outcomes.” Sounds pretty cool, right? We think so! We’re one of the event’s sponsors, so make sure to stop by our interactive booth if you attend.
The promo video’s ‘deep dive’ language is on target: presenters run the gamut from Federal agencies like the National Cancer Institute’s and Federal Drug Administration’s Offices of Communication, to digital media, marketing, and communication companies. Jay Bernhardt himself will open the conference’s first plenary session, and other health communication icons like Craig Lefebvre and our own Sandy Hilfiker make up an eclectic roster of speakers that promises to be engaging and informative. We’ll be tweeting at #healthlit (along with the conference hashtag, #dhcxconf) if you want to follow the action during the event.
DHCX is sure to be a conference highlight for 2012 – and hopefully years to come – for public health and communication professionals who want to learn about the latest digital health resources and network with innovators in the field.
When: February 15-17, 2012
Where: Peabody Orlando Hotel, Orlando, FL
Who Should Attend: Professionals, scientists, researchers, practitioners, students, developers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries from government agencies, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies who are or want to become advanced users of information and communication technologies in public health and healthcare.
Featured Speakers: • Sekou Andrews, Storyteller/Poet • Rohit Bhargava, Global Strategy & Marketing, Ogilvy • Amelia Burke, Digital Media, Westat • Jonathan Cho, Office of Communication and Education, National Cancer Institute • Kathy Crosby, Center for Tobacco Products, US Food and Drug Administration • Cliff Dasco, General Internal Medicine, The Methodist Hospital, University of Houston • Matthew Dasco, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch • Sandy Hilfiker, User-Centered Design, CommunicateHealth, Inc. • Lenora Johnson, Office of Communication and Education, National Cancer Institute • Gary Kreps, Department of Communication, George Mason University • Craig Lefebvre, socialShift; RTI International; University of South Florida • Dana Lewis, Swedish Health Services • Mark Luckie, 10,000 words; The Washington Post • Scott Shamp, New Media Institute Grady College, University of Georgia • Vic Strecher, University of Michigan; HealthMedia, a Johnson & Johnson company • Larry Swiader, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy