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dc.contributor.advisorWilliam Uricchio.en_US
dc.contributor.authorMendez, Samuel R.en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Comparative Media Studies.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-15T21:58:38Z
dc.date.available2020-09-15T21:58:38Z
dc.date.copyright2020en_US
dc.date.issued2020en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/127452
dc.descriptionThesis: S.M. in Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Comparative Media Studies/Writing, May, 2020en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from the official PDF of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 117-119).en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the meaning and implications of a ritual view of communication in the field of public health. This thesis uses the budding field of precision medicine to frame arguments and discoveries, referring back to the Precision Medicine Initiative in chapter introductions, conclusions, and illustrative examples throughout. The introduction presents the script for an interactive online live stream performance summarizing this thesis. Chapter 1 highlights the dominance of a transmission view of communication in public health, which tends to focus on top-down transfer of knowledge from experts to general audiences. This chapter highlights the limitations of such a view, especially when it comes to meeting the needs of medically underserved communities. This chapter highlights the gaps that a ritual view of communication could fill in public health research and practice.en_US
dc.description.abstractChapter 2 further examines what a ritual view of communication entails in public health, and how to conceive of it in relation to participatory research frameworks. This chapter closes with the design of a conversational tool to help academic-community partnerships employ a ritual view of communication on a project-level scale. Chapter 3 describes the development of "A People's Guide" community engagement program, employing a ritual view of communication to reconfigure the social roles and power dynamics in public health community engagement. This community engagement program uses workshops and interviews with members of medically underserved communities to publish a zine, which is then the basis of conversation in academic journal club workshops. This chapter uses a developmental evaluation framework to inform the program development process and suggest next steps that can be taken to develop this program further.en_US
dc.description.abstractOverall, this thesis employs a combination of theory, applied media practices, educational field work, and design to highlight the opportunities that a ritual view of communication presents to advance health equity.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Samuel R. Mendez.en_US
dc.format.extent227 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsMIT theses may be protected by copyright. Please reuse MIT thesis content according to the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy, which is available through the URL provided.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectComparative Media Studies.en_US
dc.titleHealth equity rituals : a case for the ritual view of communication in an era of precision medicineen_US
dc.title.alternativeCase for the ritual view of communication in an era of precision medicineen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M. in Comparative Media Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Comparative Media Studiesen_US
dc.identifier.oclc1192966522en_US
dc.description.collectionS.M.inComparativeMediaStudies Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Comparative Media Studies/Writingen_US
dspace.imported2020-09-15T21:58:38Zen_US
mit.thesis.degreeMasteren_US
mit.thesis.departmentCMSen_US


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