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January 2018 General Meeting
January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Associate Professor, University of Guelph
“Good Communication for Better Public Health”
Jennifer McWhirter is an Assistant Professor of Public Health Promotion and Communication in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph. Dr McWhirter’s research focuses on the promotion of health and prevention of disease through effective communication, education, and policy. She is especially interested in the way the mass media disseminates health information and how visual images and aesthetic ideals influence people’s health knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours. She is currently using these and other approaches to investigate and improve skin cancer prevention. Her research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has been acknowledged in awards from the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Sheela Basrur Centre, and the American Association for Cancer Education. She sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Cancer Education and is a member of the Ontario Sun Safety Working Group.