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CHATS Lab - WVU Cancer Institute



Our Mission

The mission of the Communicating for Health in Appalachia by Translating Science (CHATS) Lab is to leverage the power of communication to improve health outcomes in Appalachia and beyond through original research and by fostering the adoption of evidence-based science.

Our Research

Our original research focuses on how to best understand and reach audiences wherever they are with effective health messages. We use our expertise in communication and dissemination science theories and frameworks to move this research to acion.

Research Areas of Interest

  • Healthcare communication
  • Multi-level communication interventions
  • Social media and online ecosystems

Our Services

We consult with external and internal partners using evidence-based strategies and frameworks to translate their research findings to practice. These services include:

  • Dissemination planning and strategy
  • Communication material development
  • Customized training presentations and workshops


For more information, please email Dannell Boatman, EdD, MS, at

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