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Attending conferences is essential for public health communicators and professionals to hone their skills and stay updated in the industry. The networking opportunities also make health communication conferences worth the time and money you invest in them. 

If you can only attend one conference this year, mark your calendar for July 19-21, 2023, for the 16th National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing & Media (NCHCCM) in Atlanta. This year’s theme is “Collaborate, Innovate, Inspire: The Evolution of Public Health Communication in a Changing World.” 

For more than 15 years, NPHIC has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bring together the most accomplished and innovative leaders in health communication. The speakers and attendees come from public health research, academics, government, medicine, and other professionals in public health. 

Why You Should Put NCHCMM on Your Calendar 

NCHCMM provides a rare opportunity for professionals across many health communication and public health sectors to engage in productive dialogue. In keeping with this year’s theme, you will learn and exchange ideas about the latest evidence-based strategies in marketing, media, outreach, and health communication. 

Attending NCHCMM means you will be able to: 

  • Contribute to the advancement of research, theory, and practice in health communication. 
  • Present or learn the latest findings from original research, case studies, pilot studies, and evaluations for marketing programs and campaigns. 
  • Network with some of the most influential leaders in the health communication field. 
  • Earn continuing education credits for selected presentations and workshops. 
  • Learn about and discuss the latest marketing and health communication methods and tools. 

NCHCMM is very student-friendly. Student attendees also have the opportunity to present research findings, network with industry leaders, and learn from health communication experts in diverse public health sectors. 

What to Look for at This Year’s Conference 

The 2023 NCHCMM will focus on evolving opportunities and challenges relevant to health communication and public health professionals. As an attendee, you will dialogue about and gain insights into topics including: 

  • Health literacy 
  • Risk communication 
  • Health disparities 
  • Vaccine hesitancy 
  • Social media use 
  • Mental health 
  • Digital health communication 

In networking with peers, learning from experts, and enhancing your skills, attending NCHCMM will offer a rich professional development experience. You can access plenary sessions, workshops, poster presentations, and roundtables. The conference will also feature keynote sessions from some of today’s most influential thought leaders and researchers in health communication. 

This year, the conference is returning to an in-person format. Keynote presentations and some sessions may be available through live stream or recording. The organizers will provide more information on these arrangements as the conference draws closer. 

Make Time for a Pre-conference Workshop 

If you can get to Atlanta a day early, take advantage of one of the pre-conference workshops on July 18. These events give you in-depth professional development in more hands-on settings. 

Below are this year’s line-up of pre-conference workshops: 

Beyond Plain Language: Creating Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Literacy Limitations 

This workshop is a must-have for reaching intellectually diverse audiences, especially people with intellectual disabilities and literacy limitations. Attendees will get hands-on help developing web-based, print, and video material that audiences will understand and find relatable. This workshop also provides guidance for materials testing and assessment for low-literacy audiences. 

Getting Your Research Seen: Strategies and Tools for Successful Academic Publishing 

If you work in the cutting-edge academic research and publishing world, this workshop might be for you. Leading journal editors Lauren Swan-Potras and Scott Ratzan will lead discussions and breakout sessions to help new and seasoned researchers navigate the peer-review process. Attendees will also get hands-on help with academic writing, communicating with journal editors, and writing effective abstracts. 

Social Media for Behavior Change 

This workshop is ideal for anyone wanting to improve the way they use social media outreach to change or reinforce healthy behaviors. You will learn an evidence-based, step-by-step process for designing your messages, building strategy, and engaging online communities, based on the Social Media for Behavior Change (SM4BC) Toolkit. Workshop activities provide meaningful training and allow you to come away with marketable skills. 

Be sure to include your pre-conference workshop in your conference registration. Pre-conferences involve an additional cost and are available only to in-person attendees. 

Registration is Now Open 

NCHCCM takes place July 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, and the dates are approaching quickly! Go to to get the details and register. Remember to include your pre-conference workshop registration. 

If you register by June 15, 2023, you can lock in a reduced rate. Also, you can take advantage of special pricing if you are a student or government employee. 

Research and materials for this article were compiled, written, and distributed on behalf of the National Public Health Information Coalition. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the various authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the National Public Health Information Coalition or its members.