Open data sources are increasingly used by researchers and practitioners to create pilot programs, inform public policy, guide outreach and intervention efforts, and inform secondary studies. Few open data sets provide more insights related to the health and cancer communication information landscape in the United States than the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). Our July cyber-seminar will explore data available through HINTS and how it can be used to inform your research and programs.
Since 2003, HINTS has been a leader in tracking changes in the rapidly evolving health communication and information technology landscape, and has enabled a growing body of research that evaluates the effects of health communication, media, and health information technology on health and behavioral outcomes, health care quality, and health disparities. HINTS no-cost, public-use, nationally representative data sets provide immediate access to high-quality data on the American public’s knowledge of, attitudes toward, and use of cancer and health-related information. In collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and Office of the Commissioner, HINTS has just released HINTS-FDA, a new nationally representative public use dataset.
We are excited to leverage the expertise of several researchers from NCI who will explain what HINTS is and how it can be used for cancer control practice, including: Dr. Brad Hesse, Dr. Kelly Blake, and Dr. Richard (Rick) Moser. Then Dr. Ellen Beckjord, the Director of Population Health Program Design and Engagement Optimization at UPMC Health Plan, will provide a case study of how she has been able to use HINTS in her own work, including outcomes and lessons learned.
As always, the final part of the cyber-seminar will be dedicated to discussion. We welcome you to ask questions and share your own experiences and thoughts!