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Home: HINTS Data Users Conference, May 4-5, 2007

Presentations & Agenda:

Day 1 – May 4

8:00-8:30 am


8:30-8:45 am
San Gabriel Room

Lila Finney Rutten, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute

Opening Remarks
Jon Kerner, PhD
National Cancer Institute

8:45-9:00 am

Keynote Address [QuickTime, 9,249 KB]
Bradford W. Hesse, PhD
National Cancer Institute

9:00-10:30 am

Panel Session #1: Survey Methodology

As communication technologies evolve, so too should the methodologies population scientists use to assess trends and improve population health. In this session, methodologists and analysts will describe results of HINTS activities designed: (a) to cope with issues of declining response rates, (b) to analyze trends in space and time, and (c) to make HINTS data interoperable with other datasets in an online, collaborative science environment.

Overarching Question:
How can state-of-the-art practice in survey methodology inform communication researchers and practitioners as they strive together to reduce population burden from cancer?


Gordon Willis, PhD
National Cancer Institute


David Cantor, PhD
"Using Data from Embedded Experiments to Improve Total Survey Quality in HINTS";

David Stinchcomb, MA, MS
National Cancer Institute
"Employing ‘Knowledge Maps’ and Other Geographic Information System (GIS) Techniques to Inform Communication Planninga"

Jon Miller, PhD
Michigan State University
"Assessing the Public's Comprehension of Biomedical Science"


Michael Link, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Implications of Current Themes in Survey Research for Informing Communication Research & Practice"

10:30-10:45 am


10:45-12:30 pm

Panel Session #2: Moving Conceptual & Theoretical Thinking Forward in Health Communication

HINTS is designed to be a resource for scientists, researchers, and practitioners. This session will focus on the use of conceptual models and theories in the development, analysis, and applications of HINTS data, how survey methodology is moving cancer control research forward, and how theoretical and conceptual frameworks can advance science and inform practice.

Overarching Question:
How can HINTS data be used to inform the science of health communication and informatics through its service as a bridge between laboratory-based theories of health behavior and population-based levels of measurement?


Sarah Kobrin, PhD
National Cancer Institute


William Rakowski, PhD
Brown University
"Using HINTS for Theory-Relevant Research"

Alexander Rothman, PhD
University of Minnesota
"Using HINTS to Spur Innovations in Theory and Practice"

Tenbroeck Smith, MA
American Cancer Society
"Assessing the Informational Needs of Cancer Survivors Using Population-Based Surveys"

Stephen Taplin, MD
National Cancer Institute
"Can Doctors Take HINTS? Implications for Primary Care"


Robert Hornik, PhD
Annenberg School for Communication,
University of Pennsylvania
"Implications for Contributing to the Knowledge Base in Health Communication Theory and Practice"

12:30-2:00 pm


2:00-3:30 pm

Panel Session #3: Extending Reach in Health Communication

An explicit set of goals for the NCI's Behavioral Research Program is to extend the reach, improve the effectiveness, and optimize the efficiency of health communication efforts nationwide. This session will focus on the first of those goals: extending the reach of health communication across vulnerable and underserved populations. Speakers will explore the utility of combining perspectives from multiple surveys to complete the evidentiary profile of diverse audience needs. Implications will be drawn for how to best utilize HINTS data to promote action in overcoming health disparities.

Overarching Question:
How can HINTS data, in combination with data from other survey resources, be used to document, diagnose, and address the root causes of health disparities in cancer communication?


Erik Augustson, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute


E. Richard Brown, PhD
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
"Complementing National Survey Breadth with Local Survey Depth"

Jennifer Hay, PhD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
"Using HINTS Data to Address Health Disparities in Screening"

K. "Vish" Viswanath, PhD
Harvard School of Public Health and Dana
Farber Cancer Institute
"Detecting and Addressing Knowledge Gaps as Obstacles to Population Health"


Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD
Saint Louis University School of Public Health
"Implications for Addressing Cancer Health Disparities through Public Health Surveillance"

3:30-3:45 pm


3:45-5:00 pm

Panel Session #4: Future of Health Communication & Informatics

The National Cancer Institute designed the HINTS program at the turn of the millennium to serve as a sentinel during an era of "Extraordinary Opportunity in Cancer Communication." During this session, leaders in the field will assemble to share their perspectives on the state, and future, of health communication and informatics. Session participants will be asked to identify gaps, as they see them, in the current communication surveillance environment and they will be invited to offer their vision for how technological innovations may shape the future of communications in the service of better health.

Overarching Question:
What role should HINTS play in providing intelligence to researchers, developers, and policy makers as they strive to keep ahead of a rapidly changing communication environment?


Bradford W. Hesse, PhD
National Cancer Institute


Barbara Rimer, DrPH
University of North Carolina School of Public Health
"Using HINTS to shape the Future of Cancer Control and Prevention"

Susannah Fox
Pew Internet and American Life Project
"What Changes are on the Horizon for Health Information on the Internet?"

Jay Bernhardt, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Setting National Priorities for Communication Technology in Disease Control and Prevention"


Victor Strecher, PhD
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
"Skating to Where the Puck is Going: Using HINTS to Guide the National Research Agenda"

5:00-5:15 pm


5:15-7:00 pm
California Room

Poster Session
Sponsored by George Mason University

7:00 pm

End of Day 1

Day 2 – May 5

7:30-8:00 am


8:00-9:00 am
Monterey Room

Welcome to 2nd day
Gary Kreps, PhD
George Mason University

Roundtable Discussion/Guided Forum


David Nelson, MD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
New Strategies for HINTS: website, dissemination, community involvement, publishing

9:00-9:15 am


9:15-10:15 am

Concurrent Instructional Sessions

San Moring Room

Richard Moser, PhD
William Davis, PhD

National Cancer Institute
Examining Changes Across Years Using HINTS 2003 and 2005 Data
HINTS Appendices

Monterey Room

Amy Yaroch, PhD
National Cancer Institute
Securing an NIH Grant

10:15 am

End of Day 2

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