ACH News & Announcements
Tuesday, April 27, 2021


  • Improve your patient-client communication skills, team-building expertise, and leadership talents with this intensive, 2 ½ day course focused on providing the tools you need to improve the patient-clinician experience. 
  • Collaborate in small groups with low faculty-to-learner ratios which encourages deep peer-connections. 
  • Practice skills in trusted learning groups while experiencing genuine growth through the achievement of your individual goals set for the course. 

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

The Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH) teaches communication competencies that ensure healthcare professionals deliver high-quality, relational care. These competencies, offered as three discreet skill sets, not only contribute to improving the patient experience, but can improve the quality of work life, and by extension, organization culture, for those who adopt them by increasing efficiency, enhancing clarity, and strengthening relationships. 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

We welcome submissions including all health disciplines and health professions (nurses, students, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, therapists, counselors, community health workers, patients, social scientists, etc.).Submission Deadline extended to: Monday, May 3, 2021; more details are available at

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current ACH members who are early career faculty, trainee, or advanced post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply for the ACH 2021 Putnam Scholars Program. The application deadline is Monday, April 5, 2021 at 5:00pm EST.

Friday, January 29, 2021

The Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH) is pleased to announce the appointment of the 2021 Board of Directors Vice President of External Education.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The end of the year is a time of transition for ACH. The Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH) is pleased to announce the appointment of the 2021 Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the governing body of ACH and represents the interests of the ACH members in directing the direction and business of the Academy. As we close out 2020, we also want to recognize the board members who have come to the end of their terms on the ACH Board of Directors.  

Friday, December 11, 2020

ACH Headquarters will be closed for the holidays beginning Thursday, December 24th and reopening Monday, January 4th. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

We're proud to be a part of this global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities! Join the movement on 12/1 by supporting ACH!

Monday, October 5, 2020

This free engagement opportunity will highlight specific healthcare communication-related topics, with an aim of building the ACH community through interactive virtual gatherings. These 60-minute live sessions will begin with a 30-minute casual interview with a featured guest. For the final 30 minutes, all participants will be placed in breakout groups for interactive discussion. Register online at

Friday, August 28, 2020

The Academy of Communication in Healthcare is excited to recognize the 2020 Putnam Scholars!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

At this year's virtual Research Forum the top five abstracts for posters and oral abstracts were selected based on reviewer scoring in the submission process. Then judges viewed and scored the top five presentations as they were presented virtually to determine the winners. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The Academy of Communication in Healthcare is pleased to announced the 2020 ACH Award Recipients:

Friday, May 29, 2020

We would like to invite you to join professionals who share a passion for improving healthcare communication at an online gathering of researchers, educators, clinicians, administrators, patient advocates, students from various health professions and others from around the world! Click here to register.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Late Breaking Abstract Submissions for COVID-19

Deadline to submit: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Click here to submit a late breaking abstract!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Thank you for your patience as ACH has been navigating this uncertain time. ACH Leadership has been working to make an educated decision regarding the trajectory of the course during this time of crisis.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

ACH is so proud of the work healthcare professionals do every day and we know that each of you have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. ACH has developed tools to support your communication needs during this unprecedented time. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

ACH is looking to support health communication scholars and educators through participation in the Putnam Scholars Program (PSP), now in its third year! The program seeks applicants who have an interest in developing a career in health communication research or education.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

ACH Headquarters will be closed for the holidays beginning Monday, December 23rd. Headquarters will reopen Thursday, January 2nd. ACH wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to working with you in 2020!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Congratulations to Barbara Bokhour, PhD recipient of the 24th annual George Engel Award For Outstanding Research Contributing to the Theory, Practice and Teaching of Effective Health Care Communication and Related Skills.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

ACH is now accepting applications for the 2020 Faculty-In-Training (FIT) Cohort! This is a learner-centered professional development program where experiential learning is coupled with guidance from a personal mentor. The FIT program builds on the skills developed in the Relationship-Centered Communication Facilitation (RCF) program and Train-the-Trainer (TTT)  program (must have completed either prerequisite to be eligible to apply to the FIT program).

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

ACH is now accepting applications for the Relationship-Centered Communication Facilitators Program (RCF) 2020 Cohort. This is a program to develop future facilitators of the ACH fundamental workshop for delivery at their home institutions. 

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Academy of Communication in Healthcare is pleased to award the honor of the ACH Healthcare Communication Teaching Excellence Award to Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, recognizing his work to advance the field of communication in Healthcare. Click here for more information. 

Friday, June 28, 2019

Hear the latest research and teaching methods presented in a variety of educational sessions including keynotes, oral abstract presentations, poster sessions, symposia, workshops, and more!

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