Health Communication and Health Information Technology

Health communication is the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that enhance health. Health communication considers a variety of channels to deliver its targeted or tailored messages to specific segments among varied audiences, including individuals, communities, health professionals, special groups, and decision makers.

Health information technology includes digital tools and services (e.g., mobile phone apps, e-mail messaging) that can be used to enhance patients’ self-care, facilitate patient-provider communication, inform health behaviors and decisions, prevent health complications, and promote health equity.

Social marketing seeks to develop and integrate marketing concepts with other approaches to influence behaviors that benefit individuals and communities for the greater social good.

Community Preventive Services Task Force Findings

Summary Table

This summary of CPSTF findings for health communication and health information technology can be used as a reference, included in presentations, or shared with colleagues.

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Use these materials to share information about the CPSTF findings and Community Guide products with your community.

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

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