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Public Health and Academic Partnerships

  • By: Roxanne Parrott
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Health communicators build and apply theory in research and practice with the intention of reaping positive health benefits for individuals and communities. Working with communities in these endeavors improves the quality and validity of research, increases the likelihood that it will be institutionalized, and reveals the limitations of approaching science as a value-free enterprise. Mistrust between researchers and communities, together with unequal distributions of power and resources can, however, impede researchers' endeavors to work with communities. Academic and public health linkages represent one strategy to address such barriers. In collaborations between the two groups, academic health communicators no longer approach public health agencies as one more audience to address in applied research activities with communities. Instead, academic health communicators and public health practitioners are both ...

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