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Research Interests

  • Community-engaged public health
  • Emergency preparedness and risk communication
  • Environmental health literacy
  • Stakeholder-centered health communication
  • Public engagement related to hazardous waste sites
  • Research Translation
  • Dissemination and implementation sciences


Anna Goodman Hoover, M.A., Ph.D., is a public health researcher and participatory communication scientist. She studies health and risk communication strategies designed to ensure that the best available scientific evidence informs individual, community, policy, and practice decisions. She has been involved professionally in translating environmental health research with UK’s Superfund Research Center for more than seventeen years, including six as co-lead of the Research Translation Core. She also works directly with local stakeholders on numerous research projects that are intended to improve environmental health literacy and strengthen communication. Her research has examined how knowledge gaps and distrust combine to negatively affect capacity to understand health hazards and take protective action. Dr. Hoover’s recent environmental health literacy research has surfaced stakeholder concerns about the need for more accessible, understandable, and useful health-related information to help people protect themselves from diseases that have been linked to exposures. She previously served several years as co-director of the National Coordinating Center for Systems for Action and deputy director of the National Health Security Preparedness Index program management office, both programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A native Appalachian, Dr. Hoover centers both her research and her teaching on ensuring stakeholder-engaged and audience-centered environmental health communication supports community-engaged, evidence-informed health decisions.

Courses Taught

CPH 351 Population Health and Crisis Management

CPH 395 Independent Study

CPH 476G Global Public Health

CPH 621 Understanding and Communicating Environmental Health Risk

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Kentucky


Master of Arts, University Of Kentucky



  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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