Society Events

National Summit for Health Communication

The National Summit for Health Communication is a collaborative and interactive meeting for our members to work collaboratively to advance the Society. The Summit is an opportunity to network with the leaders in the field of health communication and provide input on where our research and advocacy efforts are most needed. This members-only planning and strategy session promises to teach and inspire you while offering you the chance to connect with some of the best and brightest in our field. 

Planning is underway for the 2019 Summit. If you're not currently a member, sign-up for email updates to stay informed about the event. Learn more about the 2018 Summit.

National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media

The Society is pleased to join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) as co-sponsors of the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media (NCHCMM). NCHCMM 2018 will be September 11-13, 2018 in Atlanta. The Society is organizing the following conference activities:

Wednesday, September 12th 

How Innovation is Changing Health - 10:45 am - 12:15 pm (plenary session)


  • David Sanchez, Public Health Lead, Government and Advocacy, Google 
  • Jennifer Martin, SVP, Corporate Communications, Sharecare
  • Beau Mann, CEO, Sober Grid
  • Moderator: Stacy Robison, President and Co-Founder, CommunicateHealth

Annual Member Meeting (open to the public) 5:30 pm; International Ballroom ABC

Hear what we've accomplished over the last year and what we have planned for our next member year. Get updates on committee activities and a debrief from the 2nd Annual National Summit for Health Communication.

Networking Event (members only); 6:30; Omni hotel bar (level 4, south tower)

Connect with your peers, catch-up with your colleagues, and meet new friends.



Thursday, September 13th

The History of Health Communication - 10:00 - 11:45 am (special session)


  • Jay M. Bernhardt, Dean, Moody College of CommunicationThe University of Texas at AustinWalter Cronkite Regents Chair | DeWitt Carter Reddick Regents Chair 
  • Vicki Friemuth, Emeritus Faculty, University of Georgia 
  • Glen Nowak, Professor, University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; Director, Grady College’s Center for Health and Risk Communication
  • Claudia Parvanta, Professor, Community and Family Health, University of South Florida; Director, Florida Prevention Research Center; Co-Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Social Marketing
  • Moderator: TaWanna Berry, Senior Director, Health Communications, Westat

Learn more about the conference