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Published July 12, 2017
On May 25, 2017, the Department of Communication co-sponsored a preconference at the International Communication Association’s annual meeting in San Diego, along with BBC Media Action, The Asian Institute of Technology, and USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. The theme was “Innovations in Narrative-Based Interventions". Associate Professor Helen Wang was one of the organizers and Associate Professor Melanie Green was one of the featured speakers, along with other high profile scholars and practitioners in the field such as Arvind Signal (UTEP), Sheila Murphy (USC), Rene Weber (UCSB), Ralf Schmaelzle (MSU), Caroline Jacoby (Johns Hopkins), Priyanka Dutt and Radharani Mitra (BBC Media Action), and Martine Bouman (CMH) to name a few. The preconference gathered over 50 participants from around the world (Japan, Singapore, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, etc.) who are interested in leveraging the potential and power of storytelling for health promotion and social change. A special issue at a high impact journal based on the pre-conference outcomes is forthcoming to help continue the stimulating conversations and foster new collaborations.