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Watch Living Proof:
Breast Cancer Survivor Stories

From 2003-2008, researchers at the HCRL captured on video the stories of 49 African-American breast cancer survivors and their family members. The result was 50 hours of poignant, informative and uplifting stories of survival. Personal stories are often the
most effective way to communicate about breast cancer, and Living Proof–the 22-minute video we produced using these stories–shows why. It offers a compelling demonstration of the power of narratives in cancer communication.

From the Director: more about survivor stories here

HCRL alumnae remember

Vicki Collie-Akers, Ph.D., MPH

Currently: Associate Director, University of Kansas Work Group for Community Health and Development; Assistant Research Professor. Using a community-based participatory research orientation, Vicki works with communities to understand how they create conditions that promote health equity.

Years at HCRL: 2001-2003

What it meant: My experience at the HCRL ignited a deep interest in research and the varying contributions that diverse methods make to answering research questions.  I felt better prepared to pursue a career in research because of this exposure and familiarity with how to align measures and methods.

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Latest News

Dr. Kreuter named Brown School associate dean for public health.

Matthew W. Kreuter, PhD, professor and director of the Brown School’s Health Communication Research Laboratory (HCRL), has been named associate dean for public health, according to Edward F. Lawlor, PhD, dean and the William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor. The appointment is effective July 1.

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Interviews with members of the HCRL are featured on the website Make Research Matter.

Interviews with members of the HCRL are featured on the website Make Research Matter, a site to help researchers increase the dissemination and implementation of their work. It was developed by researchers from the Cancer Communication Research Center and Washington University in St. Louis who were members of the Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication (CECCR) Dissemination Research Interest Group (D-RIG).

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HCRL in Jefferson City for 2-1-1.

February 11 was National 2-1-1 Day, and HCRL Director Matt Kreuter was one of several influential Missourians invited to the state capitol in Jefferson City to talk up United Way’s statewide 2-1-1 service.

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Matt Kreuter is one of six faculty members interviewed for Washington magazine.

Matt Kreuter is one of six faculty members interviewed for Washington magazine’s February cover story: “Distilling Science, Making It Accessible.” The story about putting scientific research into practice cites the HCRL’s work developing messages about mammograms.

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HCRL pioneers research into 2-1-1

The HCRL has pioneered research into the use of 2-1-1 help lines to address health issues among poor families. The results of that research — as well as other 2-1-1 related research — were published in a December 2012 Special Supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine: Research Collaboration with 2-1-1 to Eliminate Health Disparities. The supplement, edited by HCRL Director Matt Kreuter and HCRL alum Kate Eddens, is now available on the National Cancer Institute Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences website.

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2-1-1 systems used to conduct research on public health disparities

Brown School’s Health Communication Research Laboratory, and Dr. Matthew Kreuter play key role in first-of-its kind journal.

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Kids & Cancer

The HCRL is proud to have played a role in
the funding and creation of a new website, TellingKidsAboutCancer.com. The lab worked
with Linda Squiers, PhD, Senior Health Communication Scientist who headed the project
and Suzanne Dolina, MPH, Research Analyst
at RTI International, to identify effective
communication strategies for sharing a cancer diagnosis with children.  

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Grantees meeting of the Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research (CECCR II) was held
October 8th - 10th at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison.

The HCRL is one of five NCI-funded centers in the United States.

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The Institute for Public Health holds its annual conference October 9th.

The Institute for Public Health held its annual conference Oct. 9 at the Eric P. Newman Educational Center on the Washington University Medical campus. More than 500 people registered for the conference, setting a new attendance record.  The HCRL was well represented by faculty and staff in six poster presentations:

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HCRL & United Way's 2-1-1 featured in the STL Beacon

The HCRL’s Center for Excellence in Cancer Communication Research has developed relationships with the Missouri United Way 2-1-1 as well as 2-1-1 systems in other states that are hoping to use our program as a model.

Read the article here.