1st Edition

Communication Research on Health Disparities and Coping Strategies in COVID-19 Related Crises

Edited By Rukhsana Ahmed, Yuping Mao Copyright 2024

    This book presents health communication scholarship from Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, United States, and Venezuela, that recognizes the central role of communication in addressing and coping with health disparities across diverse populations. It thus advances understanding of the nuances of long standing, as well as emerging health disparities in our ever-changing social environment.

    The volume features eleven original, interdisciplinary research and evidence-based articles from scholars with distinct disciplinary backgrounds and unique positionalities who offer new and meaningful perspectives for scholars and practitioners in their diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts within domains such as health communication and public health. Contributions to the book facilitate meaningful dialogue and knowledge exchanges to address a wide range of key health disparities related to structural barriers and racial inequities.

    Featuring highly interdisciplinary research spanning from the Global South to the Global North, this book will be a key resource for researchers, scholars and practitioners in both communication studies and health sciences, as well as their respective allied fields such as media studies, telecommunications, journalism, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, medical science, nursing, public health, psychology/psychiatry, and medical informatics. It was originally published as a special issue of Health Communication.

    Introduction: Communication Research on Health Disparities and Coping Strategies in COVID-19 Related Crises

    Rukhsana Ahmed and Yuping Mao

    1. Trust and Coping Beliefs Contribute to Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Intention

    Nikki McClaran, Nancy Rhodes, and Shay Xuejing Yao

    2. COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Three Latin American Countries: Reasons Given for Not Becoming Vaccinated in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela

    Benjamin R. Bates, Adriana Villegas-Botero, Jaime A. Costales, Ana L. Moncayo, Adriana Tami, Ana Carvajal, and Mario J. Grijalva


    3. Ethnic Minorities’ Perceptions of COVID-19 Vaccines and Challenges in the Pandemic: A Qualitative Study to Inform COVID-19 Prevention Interventions

    Shuo Zhou, Jennifer Paola Villalobos, Alondra Munoz, and Sheana Bull

    4. Association of COVID-19 Lockdown during the Perinatal Period with Postpartum Depression: Evidence from Rural Areas of Western China

    Yuju Wu, Ruixue Ye, Qinagzhi Wang, Chang Sun, Yadong Ji, Huan Zhou, and Wei Chang

    5. Doula Support Challenges and Coping Strategies during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Maternal Health Inequities

    Tien C. Nguyen, Erin E. Donovan, and Michelle L. Wright

    6. Receiving Healthcare Amidst Poverty During the COVID-19 Lockdowns: A Culture-Centered Interrogation

    Mohan J. Dutta, Pooja Jayan, Phoebe Elers, Christine Elers, Md Mahbubur Rahman, and Venessa Pokaia

    7. COVID-19 Information in Sweden: Opinions of Immigrants with Limited Proficiency in Swedish

    Sagal Roble, Josefin Wångdahl, and Georgina Warner

    8. Effects of Health Literacy in the Fight Against the COVID-19 Infodemic: The Case of Japan

    John W. Cheng and Masaru Nishikawa

    9. Health Disparities in Online COVID-19 Information Seeking and Protective Behaviors: A Two-Wave Longitudinal Study

    Qinghua Yang and Weidan Cao

    10. Can High Exposure Help to Close Gaps? The Influence of COVID-19 Preventive Messages on Behavioral Intentions by Educational Attainment in Chile

    Macarena Peña-Y-Lillo and Pablo Guzmán

    11. Americans’ Trust in COVID-19 Information from Governmental Sources in the Trump Era: Individuals’ Adoption of Preventive Measures, and Health Implications

    Hongmei Li, Baojiang Chen, Zhuo Chen, Lu Shi, and Dejun Su


    Rukhsana Ahmed (Ph.D., Ohio University) is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University at Albany, State University of New York, USA. Her research focuses on the communication processes in improving health outcomes among marginalized communities and promoting social changes in local and international health contexts. She is the Chief Editor of Health Communication, a specialty section of Frontiers in Communication.

    Yuping Mao (Ph.D., Ohio University) is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach, USA. She has extensive interdisciplinary research experience in communication and global health. Her research focuses on ways of promoting cultural diversity and bridging health inequities in healthcare systems especially among migrants and underserved populations.