1st Edition

Emergent Health Communication Scholarship from and about African American, Latino/a/x, and American Indian/Alaskan Native Peoples

Edited By Angela Cooke-Jackson Copyright 2024

    This book presents research by African American, Latino/a/x, and Alaskan Indian/Native American (AI/AN) communication scholars. It highlights the importance of communication and the recognition of the unique experiences that impact how health information and health care are understood through diverse racial and cultural perspectives.

    Each chapter advances various divergent health issues and disparities pertinent to Black, Latino/a/x, and AI/AN communities, so that the powerful aspect of the human condition to know and be known as it relates to the negotiation of health and communication can be clearly understood. Contributions to this volume unabashedly call for more equitable, community-centric, tribally-centered, and transparent scholarship on topics of health disparities, health care, marginality, medical mistrust, social justice, and media and new technology as it relates to people of color. The authors in this book are committed to research areas that invigorate and reimagine conversations among clinicians, public health professionals, classroom environments, and communities.

    This insightful volume seeks to shift the dominant culture paradigms and locate authors of color and their research experiences and scholarship as central to their work. It provides a space to amplify the voices of our collective lived experiences through the vehicle of rigorous engaged scholarship. The book was originally published as a special issue of Health Communication.

    Introduction: Emergent Health Communication Scholarship from and about African American, Latino/a/x, and American Indian/Alaskan Native Peoples

    Angela Cooke-Jackson


    1. Beyond Personal Experiences: Examining Mediated Vicarious Experiences as an Antecedent of Medical Mistrust

    Lillie D. Williamson

    2. Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to Enhance Participation of Racial/Ethnic Minorities in Clinical Trials: A 10-Year Systematic Review

    Soroya Julian McFarlane, Aurora Occa, Wei Peng, Oluwatumininu Awonuga, and Susan E. Morgan

    3. The Effect of an Entertainment-Education Intervention on Reproductive Health of Young Women of Color

    Camille J. Saucier, Sapna Suresh, John J. Brooks, Nathan Walter, Aaron Plant, and Jorge A. Montoya

    4. A Theoretically Based Analysis of Twitter Conversations about Trauma and Mental Health: Examining Responses to Storylines on the Television Show Queen Sugar

    Diane B. Francis and LeChrista Finn

    5. “After Philando, I Had to Take a Sick Day to Recover”: Psychological Distress, Trauma and Police Brutality in the Black Community

    Deion S. Hawkins

    6. A Subjective Culture Approach to Cancer Prevention: Rural Black and White Adults’ Perceptions of Using Virtual Health Assistants to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening

    Melissa J. Vilaro, Danyell S. Wilson-Howard, Jordan M. Neil, Fatemeh Tavassoli, Mohan S. Zalake, Benjamin C. Lok, François P. Modave, Thomas J. George, Folakemi T. Odedina, Peter J. Carek, Aubrey M. Mys, and Janice L. Krieger

    7. African American Women’s Maternal Healthcare Experiences: A Critical Race Theory Perspective

    Comfort Tosin Adebayo, Erin Sahlstein Parcell, Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, and Oluwatoyin Olukotun

    8. Individually Tailoring Messages to Promote African American Men’s Health

    Derek M. Griffith, Emily Cornish Jaeger, Andrea R. Semlow, Jennifer M. Ellison, Erin M. Bergner, and Elizabeth C. Stewart

    9. The Influence of Memorable Message Receipt on Dietary and Exercise Behavior among Self-Identified Black Women

    Natasha R. Brown and La’Marcus T. Wingate

    10. Count Me Out: Perceptions of Black Patients Who are on Dialysis but Who are Not on a Transplant Waitlist

    Charles R. Senteio and Matthew K. Ackerman

    11. In Our Sacred Voice: An Exploration of Tribal and Community Leader Perceptions as Health Communicators of Disease Prevention among American Indians in the Plains

    Crystal Y. Lumpkins, Ryan Goeckner, Jason Hale, Charley Lewis, Jordyn Gunville, River Gunville, Chris M. Daley, and Sean M. Daley

    12. A Comparative Analysis of Health News in Indigenous and Mainstream Media

    Victoria L. LaPoe, Candi S. Carter Olson, Cristina L. Azocar, Benjamin R. LaPoe, Bharbi Hazarika, and Parul Jain

    13. Family Connections and the Latino Health Paradox: Exploring the Mediating Role of Loneliness in the Relationships Between the Latina/o Cultural Value of Familism and Health

    Monica L. Gallegos and Chris Segrin

    14. A Pilot Study of Latinx Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adolescent Patients’ Goal Prioritizations in Patient-Provider Sexual Orientation and Health Disclosures

    Suzanne Burdick and Sarah Nicholus


    15. When Engagement Leads to Action: Understanding the Impact of Cancer (Mis)information among Latino/a Facebook Users

    Yonaira M. Rivera, Meghan B. Moran, Johannes Thrul, Corinne Joshu, and Katherine C. Smith

    16. Construyendo Conexiones Para Los Niños: Environmental Justice, Reproductive Feminicidio, and Coalitional Possibility in the Borderlands

    Sarah De Los Santos Upton, Carlos A. Tarin, and Leandra H. Hernández


    Angela Cooke-Jackson’s expertise is in Health Communication and Behavioral Science. She uses community-based participatory research and health literacy to help communities curate and design innovative, practical applications for sustainable change. She is also the co-director of the Intimate Communication Lab (www.intimatecommlab.org). She envisions her research at the nexus of culture, health disparities, and marginalized populations.