About Maria Brann

Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – May 24, 2021

Health professionals around the world are encouraging people to get vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine once available and eligible. However, communities are faced with increased rates of vaccine hesitancy, which may deter goals to get a certain percentage of theRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – May 17, 2021

This week’s review focuses on the strategies, channels, and messengers to use for effective COVID-19 prevention messages. This study found that the channel from which people get their information about COVID-19 and vaccinations likely influences their level of vaccine hesitancy.Read More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – May 10, 2021

With the growing amount of misinformation on social media related to COVID-19 (see, for example, this study of COVID-19 vaccine information on Parler), many platforms have begun censoring content. However, this approach may actually backfire, according to a recent commentary.Read More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – May 3, 2021

This week’s review focuses on understanding vaccine hesitancy, particularly addressing who is likely to be hesitant, where they get information, and what can be done to overcome hesitancy. Although vaccine hesitancy is seen in all groups of people, this nationalRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – April 26, 2021

Combatting Misinformation COVID-19 has triggered two parallel pandemics – a biological one with the spread of the virus and a social one with the spread of misinformation and disinformation. In a national survey of 840 respondents, users of conservative media,Read More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – April 19, 2021

This week’s articles explore different ways to interact with people about COVID-19 in productive ways. Designing Effective Messages to Encourage COVID-19 Protective Behaviors In this study of the psychological factors influencing people’s willingness to adopt protective behaviors to help controlRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – April 12, 2021

As numerous studies have shown that just more than half of Americans report intending to get the COVID-19 vaccine, this week’s review focuses on vaccine hesitancy and how effective communication strategies can increase vaccine uptake. Reasons for Anti-Vaccination Perspectives ThereRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – March 29, 2021

Social media has shown to be an essential form of communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. This editorial focuses on both the positives and negatives of using social media, for both the public and for health care providers (and the authorsRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – March 22, 2021

Because COVID-19 affects people differently, public health efforts should focus on increasing COVID-19 safety messaging, testing, vaccination, and other prevention efforts for people who are young, non-White, Hispanic, and working in COVID-19 clinical units, a study published in Public HealthRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – March 15, 2021

This week’s articles explore hesitancies towards vaccines and other COVID-19 preventive behaviors and communicative strategies for encouraging uptake of these actions. Before herd immunity is reached by enough people getting vaccinated, it is important for individuals to practice recommended preventiveRead More
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