Projects & Partnerships

Health and Risk Communication affiliates have partnered across departments, across colleges, and with outside organizations.

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Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program

Researchers from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences have partnered with the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) to study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk. The grants are co-funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

The objectives of this research are twofold: to better understand public perception of breast cancer and the environment, and also to design and deliver advanced training to pediatric healthcare providers on the topic of breast cancer and the environment.

Learn more at the BCERP website

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Trifecta Initiative: Communication, Health, and Technology

The Colleges of Communication Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Nursing and Michigan State University have joined forces to create the Trifecta Initiative: a winning partnership of three innovative colleges. With support and investment from all three colleges, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Trifecta is a launchpad for interdisciplinary development of innovative computing and communication technologies to improve healthcare and address health disparities. 

Learn more at the Trifecta Website

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Communication and Effectiveness of Payment for Ecological Services Programs

This research collaboration between MSU and Shanshui Conservation Center in China spanned 5 years and received funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (SMA-1328503). It had three main objectives:

  • Develop culturally specific measures of social norms and related variables in real world settings.
  • Understand and predict the effects of short-term payment for environmental services interventions.
  • Translate the theoretical and empirical findings to make policy recommendations for the design of PES interventions.
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MyT1DHero: Type 1 Diabetes Management App for Families

Bree Holtz, a researcher at Michigan State University, and her team are developing and testing an innovative mobile phone app, called MyT1D Hero, to connect adolescents with type-1 diabetes (T1D) with their parents to help support the transition to self-management.

This mobile app links parents and kids in a way that existing technologies do not by creating two separate apps (one for the parent and one for the child) that work together to manage care. The main goal of this research is to aid in the successful transition to self-care for the kid and increase positive health outcomes. This research will also help us to further understand what types of messages, reward systems, and technology cues can improve adherence.

Watch a teaser video or Learn more at the MyT1D Hero website

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Handwashing and Hygiene Initiatives

A Content Analysis of Hand Hygiene Materials Targeting Elementary-Age Children

With funding by a USDA grant, a research team at Michigan State University and Clemson University has been working on an intervention to encourage hand hygiene in elementary schools, through user-generated contact. To develop the intervention, we content analyzed 144 currently existing hand hygiene curricula as noted in this appendix.

This work was supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative [grant number 2011-51110-31020].

Because I Care, I Wash My Hands

Ideally suited to child care centers, this fun, hands-on curriculum, packed full of songs, activities and experiments, helps even very young children understand why and how hand washing helps keep friends and family healthy.

Building on scientific research conducted at Michigan State University, this five-day curriculum is available for free download of the daily activity lists, child materials, and songs. The curriculum materials, developed by Media Productions at New Mexico State University, also include teacher training videos and free downloadable songs for the classroom.

This material is based on work funded by the National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (NIFSI), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), under Agreement No. 2008-51110-04365; Michigan State University, New Mexico State University, and Kansas State University cooperating.