Health Communication Design Studio
The Health Communication Design Studio (HCDS) investigates pressing issues related to public health, particularly in underserved populations. We create strategic design solutions to address these challenges, and we evaluate their impact in our communities.
Why Health and Design?
The field of design is uniquely suited to approach the vast web of our healthcare system. Design methodologies provide a nonrestrictive yet focused way to find solutions to complex problems. Health communication design provides individuals access to information related to their own health as well as ways to connect public healthcare systems. The HCDS is invested in establishing new avenues for public engagement, education, and empowerment related to public health.
HCDS Areas of Research & Investment:
- Designing effective science communication
- Addressing health disparities
- Building trust in community
- Distribution of public health resources
- Community-based participatory design
University and Community Partners
Health Communication Research Lab
St. Louis County Department of Health
St. Louis City Department of Health
St. Louis Regional Response Team
HCDS is supported by the following grants and organizations
- NIH’s Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)
- NIH’s Rapid Diagnostics for Underserved Populations (RADxUP)
- CDC’s Prevention Research Centers (PRC).
Awards & Publications
- Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Award Winner 2022
- Graphic Design USA Best Of Year Winner 2022
- AIGA DEC Surface Conference 2022 Paper & Presentation - From Vaccine Hesitancy to Vaccine Confidence: Addressing Covid-19 Vaccination Hesitancy Through Conversation Cards and Vaccine Ambassadors
Our recent projects address issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccine hesitancy, health misinformation, and self-testing.