About the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB)


To advance research on the processes and effects of communication and informatics across the cancer control continuum.

Scientific Priorities

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:

  • Communication Science
    • Improving the interface between science, media, and clinical care
    • Raising public awareness and knowledge about cancer prevention and control priorities by improving access to and understanding of cancer information
    • Investigating the impact of the changing media environment on knowledge and attitudes toward cancer prevention and control
    • Evaluating communication processes in public health practice, community settings, and health care systems to advance and improve cancer care delivery and prevention
    • Examining the utility and efficacy of innovative methods for studying communication patterns and processes
  • Multilevel Health Communication
    • Developing and evaluating communication interventions that operate at multiple levels of influence for behaviors relevant to cancer control and prevention
    • Utilizing informatics technologies to bridge gaps in health communication between the individual, clinical, and community levels
  • Technology-Mediated Communication
    • Supporting 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
    • Testing the use and implementation of technology to improve care coordination for patients and caregivers
    • Encouraging 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

HCIRB Grant Portfolio

Currently funded grants
Previously funded grants
Featured HCIRB Grantees