Featured Article: The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication now features full-length articles, such as "Language and Power" by Sik Hung Ng and Fei Deng. Image: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
“A premise in health promotion and disease prevention is that exposure to and consequences of illness and injury can be minimized through people’s actions. Health campaigns, broadly defined as communication strategies intentionally designed to encourage people to engage in the actions that prevent illness and injury and promote wellbeing, typically try to inspire more than one person to change. No two people are exactly alike with respect to their risk for illness and injury or their reactions to a campaign attempting to lower their risk....” —By Rachel A. Smith
"Knowledge and comprehension are essential components of an individual’s understanding of a health text. Whether reading a health pamphlet or watching a health campaign in the form of a public service announcement (PSA), or watching edutainment programming, individuals gain knowledge about the health topic being discussed. Knowledge, however, can only be retained if the individual can also comprehend the text or video...." —By Ashley Kennard, Courtney Anderegg, and David Ewoldsen