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Faculty & Staff Honors

Nevada, Reno: Member Named Chair of Competency and Training Committee in Society for Health Communication

Dr. Sung-Yeon Park, an associate professor of social and behavioral health for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences recently became the Chair of the Competency and Training Committee in the Society for Health Communication. The Society for Health Communication was established by “health communication professionals, students, and scholars to create meaningful connections, share knowledge across disciplines, and advance the science of health communication.” It draws members from a wide range of organizations such government agencies (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), state health departments), health communication corporations and marketing agencies (e.g., Westat, WebMD, Johnson & Johnson), and universities (e.g., U of Texas, Tufts U., Michigan State U). Its organizational members include the Ad Council,  The Pew Charitable Trusts, and many others.

As the chair of the Competency and Training Committee, Dr. Park will lead the committee to identify core competencies for master’s level health communication specialists. To meet the group’s goal for this year, the committee compiled a list of health communication competencies based on similar lists originated from various organizations, government agencies, and academic programs. Using the list, Dr. Park will lead a discussion session with the Society’s members specially interested in the education and training of health communication specialists at the 3rd National Health Communication Summit to be held on the campus of the NIH this April.

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Learn more about Dr. Park.