A Workshop with Professor Teresa Thompson

We were graced with the presence of Professor Teresa Thompson who shared with us her insights and experiences on various aspects of health communication. Spanning over 3 days, the workshop has given the participants a chance to interact with Professor Thompson and share their related experiences with her. If you have missed the workshop, here is your chance to catch up with what you have missed.


DAY 01 – Health Communication: Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary, Transdisciplinary Covering the history of the development of the field of Health Communication and the many perspectives that are brought to bear in the study of the interrelationships of communication, health, and health care delivery, this workshop will also emphasize relevant publication outlets and key trends in the field. Practical application and dissemination of research will be an important focus.


DAY 02 – Health Risk Communication: New Challenges for the World Health Organization The World Health Organization is undertaking the development of empirically-based risk guidelines for addressing health epidemics and natural disasters. This workshop will focus upon the directions this project is taking and how these guidelines will be used.

DAY 02 – Health Communication Campaigns: Audiences, Messages, Effects Health campaign research has grown to be one of the biggest areas of areas of study in Health Communication. This workshop will emphasize theoretical bases for campaigns, the development and testing of messages, and implementation of change initiatives.


DAY 03’s session was not recorded as it was a sharing session between Prof Teresa and the participants.

Prof. Mohan on “Health Information Inequality”

In this video, Prof. Mohan addresses the issue of Information Inequality within the context of policies and agreements that impact human health. There are only certain information that is made accessible to the public regarding these policies and the decisions made within agreements usually involve very little public participation. Prof Mohan argues that these two elements have very important health consequences that are not being argued about, and thus the need for more democratic spaces.

Brave

Brave /brāv/ verb. Endure or face unpleasant conditions or behavior with courage. This week, we had our very first focus group with 10 women who are domestic helpers in Singapore, and we are also continuing to interview women who are currently working in their employers’ homes. “Brave” only scratches the surface in describing the stories we heard. Together, the CARE team and the focus group discovered that there are so many problems, injustices, and issues to tackle together and through all the tears in the focus group, mine included, I was confronted with how different our worlds are but how similar our hearts are. At the very core, regardless of socioeconomic status, occupation, or culture, people want to be treated like real people, with respect and dignity, and as we all know, it’s painful when it is not afforded to you.