The conference is organized by University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information Studies' health communication faculty, a program ranked 6th in the nation by the National Communication Association. It will be held April 20-22, 2006 in Lexington, Ky.
"This conference is designed to bring local, regional and national health communication researchers, practitioners, and students together to share research, discuss current issues, and develop working relationships to promote the health communication research agenda," said Nancy Harrington, associate professor in the UK College of Communications and Information Studies and KCHC planning chair.
Competitive papers should be submitted by faculty, students and practitioners in abstract form (up to 500 words). Panel proposals should include a list of participants and their affiliations, a brief summary of the purpose of the panel, a description of each participant's role on the panel, and contact information for the panel chair. Deadline for abstract submission and panel proposals is Dec. 2, 2005. Acceptance notification will be sent by Dec. 23, 2005.
Papers submitted by graduate students and by post-doctoral fellows/scholars or researchers who have received their Ph.D. within the last five years will be considered for Top Paper awards. Please indicate "Student Paper" or "Young Scholar Paper" clearly on the cover page of the paper. The authors of these top papers will be recognized in the program and will receive a plaque. To be eligible for the awards, the complete paper must be submitted by Feb. 3, 2006. Travel scholarships are available for graduate students and early career researchers.