CCCCs Activities

For those that will be attending ATTW and/or CCCCs convention, following are some RHM specific activities.

Happy Hour and SIG Thursday March 15

Happy Hour, 4:30-: will precede the SIG meeting. We’ll be gathering at the Flying Saucer, 101 E 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64106, which is about .3 from the Marriott.

Standing Group Business Meeting: 6:30-7:30
Kansas City Marriott Bennie Moten B


If you’ll be there for ATTW, here are the sessions for

March 13 and 14.

Tuesday, March 13

 Session A6: Tools and Approaches for Inclusively Engaging Users

 Community-Engaged Patient Experience Design: Addressing Medical Paperwork’s Impasses for Somali Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Kari Campeau, University of Minnesota

 Poster and Exhibit Session 11:15am-12:30pm Wyandotte Ballroom 2

Practical Possibility for Increasing Health Access in a Time of Precarity

Barbara Heifferon, Louisiana State University

 Session B2: Visual Design and Design Thinking Wyandotte Ballroom 1 Panel Chair: Deborah Balzhiser, Texas State University

 Precarious Data: Crack, Opioids, and Visualizing a Drug Abuse Epidemic

Candice Welhausen, Auburn University

 Session B5: Critical Discourse Analysis of Technical Communications in Capitalist Medicine Shawnee 2
Panel Chair: Scott Mogull, Texas State University

Medicine as a Business: Contentious Objectives in Medical-Business Genres
Scott Mogull, Texas State University

 The Letter of Medical Necessity as Genre: Who Creates it and Who Controls It
usan L. Popham, Indiana University Southeast

 Techno-scientific Commodities in Late Capitalism: A Shift in the Message from the Pharmaceutical Industry
Ronald F. Lunsford, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Christopher Lunsford, M.D., University of Virginia

Wednesday March 14

 Session D4: Contemporary Public Health Issues Shawnee 2 Panel Chair: Molly Hartzog, Frostburg State University

Pills, politics, and possibility: Communication practices surrounding OxyContin, 1995 to 2007

Michael Madson, Medical University of South Carolina

 Negotiating Addiction Publics with Health Ecologies
eter Cannon, University of South Florida

 Neglected Tropical Diseases: Leveraging the Topos of Definition to Create Exigence
Molly Hartzog, Frostburg State University

 Defining Medical Privacy and Patient Rights: The Case of Nurse Wubbels
Calandra Blackburn, Frostburg State University

  Session E4: Health and Medicine Methods Shawnee 2 Panel Chair: Dawn Opel

Culture, Traditional Beliefs, and Healthcare in Global South Contexts: Lessons for Technical Communicators
Godwin Agboka, University of Houston-Downtown

 “Because nobody should be alone in a dark place”: Mental Health Literacy, Sentiment Analysis, and Enacting Depression
Katie Walkup, University of South Florida

Outbreak at the Vale of Leven: The Technical Storytelling Work of C-Diff Justice
 Kyle Vealey, West Chester University

Charting as Writing: The Role of Writing Stewardship in Improved Healthcare Quality and Outcomes for Underserved Populations
Dawn Opel, Michigan State University
Bill Hart-Davidson, Michigan State University

Thursday, March 15


Where Does It Hurt? Medical Rhetoric and Its Fraught Language

Analysis of the language of medicine and its effects on body, gender, and cultural expectations.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Bennie Moten A

Speakers: Jessica Jorgenson Borchert, Pittsburg State University, KS, “Labor in Language: Technical Communication, Articulation Theory, and the High-Risk Pregnancy”

Marissa McKinley, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, “The #Languaging of the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Body”

Kelly Whitney, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, “Textual Boundaries of Evidence: Making and Erasing Bodies in Medical Statements”

Multilingual/Multimodal Interactions in Context: Dis/ability, Race, Community, and Culture
This panel illustrates the negotiation of languages, modes, and identities enacted by individuals from intersectionally diverse communities.

Kansas City Convention Center: 2504 B

Chair: Stephanie Kerschbaum, University of Delaware, Newark

Speakers: Rachel Bloom-Pojar, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee,

“Navigating Language Variation and Medical Translation with Latinx

Ronisha Browdy, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, “What’s Love

Got to Do with It?: Re ections on Black Women’s Language, Labor,

and (No) Love”
Janine Butler, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, “What We Learn

from Teaching Hearing, Hard-of-Hearing, and d/Deaf Composition

Laura Joffre Gonzales, University of Texas, El Paso, “Navigating

Language Variation and Medical Translation with Latinx Communities”

Medical Speak: Diversity, Coauthorship, and Ethos

This panel’s research and theory focus on rhetorical diversity, coauthorship, and ethical considerations in the medical health eld.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Yardbird A

Speakers: Yvonne Lee, Kent State University, OH

Dawn Mellinger, Kent State University, OH Sommer Sterud, Kent State University, OH

3:15-4:30 Poster sessions

Languaging and Laboring to Transform Healing

My poster presentation examines how graphic medicine provides a type of third space to subvert biomedical ways of understanding illness.

Speaker: Jessica Lee, Portland Community College, OR

Friday, March 16


Composing Health Data: Research Practices, Policy Impact, and Personal Testimonies
Integrating Kenyan cultural register into research methods, analyzing illness narratives and public policy, and understanding affective dimensions of wearable tness technologies.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Bennie Moten A

Chair: Cheryl Caesar, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Speakers: Miriam Mara, Arizona State University, Phoenix, “Leveraging

Cultural Register to Sharpen International Health and Medicine

Rhetorical Research Methods”
Logan Middleton, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, “‘Earning

Your Steps’: Developing an Affective Rhetorical Framework for

Wearable Technologies”
Caitlin Ray, University of Louisville, KY, “Empowering the ‘Wounded

Storyteller’: Arts Organizations, Health Policy, and the Healing Public”

10:20–10:40 a.m.

#StorytellingSavesLives and Sparks a Revolution: Negotiating Intersections of the Personal, Professional, and Academic Writing about mental health for the community and in the classroom intersects with the personal, professional, and academic identity. Speaker: Laura Guill, Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, IN


The Cure That Ails Us: Medical Tropes in Composition Pedagogy

This speaker will explore the signi cance of medical tropes in founding the progressivist writing pedagogy.
Speaker: Edward Comstock, American University, Washington, DC


Rhetorical Listening Approaches in the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine

This panel applies rhetorical listening analysis in medical contexts to generate cross-cultural engagement and communication.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Jay McShann A

Speakers: Janene Amyx Davison, Texas Tech University, Lubbock

Mary De Nora, Texas Tech University, Lubbock
Sheri McClure-Baker, Texas Tech University, Lubbock

Tell Me Where It Hurts: Writing about Health

Eye-tracking study of diabetes patient manuals; patient education to improve cardiac care; analyzing narratives in hospital reviews.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Lester Young A

Speakers: Teresa Henning, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, “Why the Language and Labor of Heart Failure and Patient Compliance Needs Transforming”

Brandon Strubberg, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, “Laboring through ‘Patient-Centered’ Language: Investigating How People with Diabetes Experience Information about Diabetic Complications in Patient Manuals”

Katie Walkup, University of South Florida, Tampa, “Constructing Health Narratives: Identity and Advocacy in Patient Health Writing”


Medical Rhetorics Roundtable: Examining Intersections and Connections within and beyond Our Field
Sponsored by the Medical Rhetoric Standing Group
This interactive roundtable features short presentations that explore ways that we can foster intersectional connections within our eld.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Truman Room B

Chair: Candice Welhausen, Auburn University, AL
Speakers: Janene Amyx Davison, Texas Tech University, Lubbock,

“Foundational Knowledge in Rhetoric of Health and Medicine”
Laura Jackman, Iowa State University, Ames, “Beyond the Intersection of

Paternalism and Neofeminism: Managing Risk and Birthing Decisions” Michael Madson, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston,

“Connecting RHM and Interprofessional Education: Pilot Data from an

Academic and Scienti c Writing Course”
Cathryn Molloy, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA,

“Methodological Approaches to Gaining Access and Recruiting Human Subjects for Health Research in RHM: Making Connections with Research Sites and Participants”

Terry Quezada, University of Texas, El Paso, “Medical Rhetoric and Teaching Technical Writing to Health Professionals”

Responding to Challenges in Healthcare through Varied Methodological Approaches
Scholars working across methods and sub elds will offer a toolkit for work in healthcare research and activism for a general audience.

Kansas City Convention Center: Bartle Room 2207

Speakers: Timothy Amidon, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Erin Frost, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Andrea Kitta, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Annika Konrad, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Maria Novotny, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Dawn Opel, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Respondent: Michelle Eble, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC



Languaging Stories: Health, Narrative Work, and Research Ethics

This interactive roundtable will engage the challenges of nding, documenting, interpreting, and circulating health stories.

Kansas City Convention Center: Bartle Room 2207

Speakers: Janel Atlas, University of Delaware, Newark
Mary Knatterud, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis

Sarah Singer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Emi Stuemke, University of Wisconsin, Stout


Healthcare Rhetorics: Culture, Intuition, and Gender

Studies of intercultural communication, the role of embodied intuition in medical documentation, and DIY gender transformation.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Andy Kirk B

“Intuition in Medical Documentation: Exploring How Healthcare Providers Translate Embodied Knowledge”

Chair: Bridget Kriner, Cuyahoga Community College, Westlake, OH

Speakers: Elizabeth L. Angeli, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI,

Lillian Campbell, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, “Intuition in Medical Documentation: Exploring How Healthcare Providers Translate Embodied Knowledge”

Avery Eden eld, Utah State University, Logan, “DIYHRT: Gender Transformation and Tactical Technical Communication”

Henrietta Shirk, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, “Medical Miscommunication: A Case Study on Teaching Intercultural Competencies in Professional Communication”


Authentic Voices: Language Choices, Multimodal Projects, and Medical School Narratives
Students disrupt academic language conventions, create engaged and personal multimodal projects, and re ect on illness narratives.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Julia Lee B

Chair: Philippe Meister, Iowa State University, Ames
Speakers: Emily Ferris, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA,

“Patient Stories: Narrative and Re ection in Medical School Personal

Shuwen Li, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, “Authenticity and

Expression: A Student’s Dwelling in a Multimodal Project” Michael McCamley, University of Delaware, Newark, “A Way with

Words: Disrupting Academic English and Unleashing Students’ Language Choices”





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