The Vanderbilt Center for Effective Health Communication (CEHC) focuses on health communication in research, education, and the community to promote greater health knowledge, more informed patient behaviors, and improved quality of care.
Health Communication is a broad field that includes:
- health literacy
- risk communication
- medical decision making
- patient-centered communication
- addressing cultural and language barriers
Co-directed by Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, SFHM, and Kerri Cavanaugh, MD, MHS, the Center is made up of other nationally recognized multidisciplinary faculty members and staff. The Center provides administrative support, research support, and pilot funding.
CEHC faculty have successfully received funding from the NIH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pfizer Clear Health Communication Initiative, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Heart Association, the National Kidney Foundation, and other sources.
Program faculty have published important health communication studies in JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Patient Education and Counseling, The Diabetes Educator, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, and Pediatrics. CEHC was commissioned by the National Academies to write White Paper Measures to Assess Health-Literate Organizations.
The work of our faculty has also been featured on CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more than 200 other media sources.