UNC at Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Noar to receive Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award

The UNC School of Media and Journalism has nine graduate students, four faculty members and two staff members presenting at the 14th biennial Kentucky Conference on Health Communication. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky, from April 14-16.

Professor Seth Noar will be awarded the Lewis Donohew Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award. The award recognizes outstanding research contributions to the health communication field made during the biennium preceding each conference. Noar has published more than 100 articles and chapters in the social, behavioral, health and communication sciences.

The Kentucky Conference on Health Communication thrives on featuring a variety of speakers, paper presentations and panel presentations. The topics that are typically covered at the conference range from individual-level health behavior risk reduction to media and technology-level issues. 

The UNC MJ-school research presentation schedule is below:

Friday, April 15 — Morning

  • Jennah Sontag and Seth Noar will present “Assessing the Potential Effectiveness of Pictorial Messages to Deter Young Women from Indoor Tanning: An Experimental Study”
  • Diane Francis, Seth Noar, Deborah Fortune (North Carolina Central University - Durham) and Adaora Adimora (UNC School of Medicine) will present “The Relationship between Condom Access and Sexual Risk Behaviors among Black College Women: Implications for Health Communication"
  • Jeannette Porter and Francesca Dillman Carpentier will present “Willingness to Talk about Mental Health: An Examination of Possible Inhibitors, Including Race, Class and Other Factors"

Friday, April 15 — Afternoon

  • Seth Noar will chair "Living with HIV: Narratives and Interventions to Promote Sexual Health"
  • Jessica Gall Myrick (Indiana University), Seth Noar, Dannielle Kelley and Alexandra Zeitany (UNC School of Medicine) will present “R U Tanning? The Relationships Between Female Adolescents’ Media Use, Indoor Tanning Beliefs, and Behavioral Intentions”
  • Dannielle Kelley, Seth Noar, Catherine Jo (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) and Alexia Victor will present “What is Being Communicated to Whom? Content Analysis of E-cigarette Print Advertisements, 2010-2014”
  • Seth Noar, Diane Francis, Christy Bridges (Mercer University), Jennah Sontag, Noel Brewer (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) and Kurt Ribisl (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) will present “The Impact of Strengthened Cigarette Pack Warnings on Attention and Message Processing: A Systematic Review”
  • Joan Cates, Bernard Fuemmeler (Duke University), Sandra Diehl, Laurie Stockton, Jenny Fitter (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) and Tamera Coyne-Beasley (UNC General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine) will present “Developing a Serious Video Game for Preteens to Motivate HPV Vaccination Decision-making: 'Land of Secret Gardens'”
  • Sarah Parvanta (RTI International), Derick Brown (RTI International), Linda Squiers (RTI International), Jill Dever (RTI International), Brian Southwell, Erik Augustson (National Cancer Institute), Suzanne Dolina (RTI International), Janice Tzeng (RTI International), Brittany Zulkiewicz (RTI International) and Amy Sanders (ICF International) will present "Evaluating the Effects of a National Text-Message Anti-Smoking Program By Socioeconomic Status"

Saturday, April 16 — Afternoon

  • Seth Noar will conduct a research presentation as the winner of the 2016 Lewis Donohew Outstanding Scholar in Health Communication Award

The full conference schedule can be found on the 2016 Kentucky Conference on Health Communication website.