Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB)
The Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) advances research on the processes and effects of communication and informatics across the cancer control continuum. HCIRB is within the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Behavioral Research Program (BRP), in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).
HCIRB is dedicated to advancing and funding cancer communication research with the goals of improving public understanding of cancer-relevant information, enhancing patient-provider-caregiver interactions, improving team communications within and between health care systems, bridging the gap between clinical and public health messaging, and translating research into clinical and public health practice.
HCIRB’s research priorities include:
- Our communication science work aims to:
- Improve the interface between science, media, and clinical care
- Raise public awareness and knowledge about cancer prevention and control priorities by improving access to and understanding of cancer information
- Investigate the impact of the changing media environment on knowledge and attitudes toward cancer prevention and control
- Evaluate communication processes in public health practice, community settings, and health care systems to advance and improve cancer care delivery and prevention
- Examine the utility and efficacy of innovative methods for studying communication patterns and processes
- Our multilevel health communication work aims to:
- Develop and evaluate communication interventions that operate at multiple levels of influence for behaviors relevant to cancer control and prevention
- Use informatics technologies to bridge gaps in health communication between the individual, clinical, and community levels
- Our technology-mediated communication work aims to:
- Support the adoption of innovative, evidence-based interventions that leverage emerging technologies and online platforms such as health system portals, smartphone and mobile apps, wireless sensors and devices, and social media
- Test the use and implementation of technology to improve care coordination for patients and caregivers
- Encourage the development and translation of evidence-based innovations in health information technology (HIT) especially as they relate to patient engagement, population health, safety, and continuity of care
Initiatives and Measures
HCIRB Grant Portfolio and Funding Opportunities
Navigating the complexity of health care and insurance is overwhelming for many cancer patients. Patients have to become their own advocates, while dealing with the health effects and stress of a cancer diagnosis. This can be particularly hard for adolescent and young adult cancer patients, who typically have little experience with insurance complexities prior to diagnosis.”Anne Kirchhoff, Ph.D., M.P.H. Other HCIRB Featured Grantees
Looking back, it was my early curiosity about inequality (kindled by a childhood in the Deep South and bedtime discussions with my dad about racism and politics) that ultimately motivated me as an adult to tackle the health disparities that affect marginalized women and men.”Megha Ramaswamy, Ph.D., M.P.H. Other HCIRB Featured Grantees
As a teacher and a student of social sciences (and an English literature major in college), I realized how important things like communication and interpretation are in all areas of human interaction and behavior. Then, when I became a physician, I realized how powerful these tools could be for prevention and treatment of disease.”Brian Primack, M.D., Ph.D. Other HCIRB Featured Grantees
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