One Health

2 November 2019

逾25%受訪小學生感焦慮 10%出現抑鬱 (Chinese Version Only)

香港城市大學社會及行為科學系副教授郭黎玉晶推動的「正向教育校本計劃」計劃,能減低小學生的焦慮和負面情緒,並提升學習動機。
3 March 2020

沙士心理研究學者抗疫良方 投入個人興趣 破除疫境恐慌 (Chinese Version Only)

香港城市大學人文社會科學院副院長(教學人員及研究)及社會及行為科學系教授何敏賢,提供建議,幫助大眾應付因疫情及逆境而造成的焦慮情緒。
20 March 2020

Foreign Journalists in Mainland; Covid-19 in Asia and Europe

In the programme, Dr Nicholas Thomas, Associate Professor from City University’s Department of Asian and International Studies, talked about how different countries in Asia and Europe are handling the COVID-19 situation.
7 May 2020

情緒勞動易生問題 切勿忽視 (Chinese version only)

香港城市大學人文社會科學院公共政策學系助理教授謝智偉博士,介紹「情緒勞動」的定義,以及勞資雙方應如何聯手減少因情緒勞動所引起的負面影響。
21 September 2020

A Pre- and Post-test Intervention Design to Develop a Communication Training Model for Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): a Pilot Study

This study will investigate the effectiveness of an intervention enhancing TCM practitioners' communication skills. The proposed intervention is expected to improve patient-centred communication and proficiency and to result in better care through the integration of patient’s Western medical history.
21 September 2020

Overcoming Barriers to Influenza Vaccination in Hong Kong: Designing Culture-Centric Narratives for Health Promotion

Despite its effectiveness in prevention, the influenza vaccination coverage in Hong Kong has remained lower than the 30% threshold proportion required for building up basic herd immunity. This project tries to introduce narrative persuasion as an effective tool for promoting influenza vaccine uptakes in Hong Kong.
21 September 2020

Reconstruction of Transmission Pairs for novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in mainland China : Estimation of Super-spreading Events, Serial Interval, and Hazard of Infection

Knowledge on the epidemiological features and transmission patterns of COVID-19 is accumulating. Detailed line-list data with household settings can advance the understanding of COVID-19 transmission dynamics.
21 September 2020

The Macrosecuritization of Antimicrobial Resistance in China

Drawing on knowledge of both Chinese politics and health security, this article analyzes how Chinese actors have responded to the threat in the public and animal health sectors as well as the domestic and international implications of these responses.
21 September 2020

A Cross-cultural Examination of Masculinity and Health Behaviour in Hong Kong : the Mediating Role of Age and Social Support

This study examined masculinity as a predictor of engagement in health behaviour, and explores the mediating effect of age and social support on the relationship between conformity to masculine norms and health behaviour.
21 September 2020

Countering Anti-Vaccination Rumors on Twitter

This study examined the effects of the counter-rumor on changes in belief about the anti-vaccination claim, anxiety associated with the rumor, intentions to vaccinate a child and share the rumor.
28 September 2020

Project title: A pre- and post-test intervention design to develop a communication training model for practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM): a pilot study

Principal investigator: Dr Jack PUN (EN) Grant type: Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)
28 September 2020

CityPal: A Chatbot for Enhancing Young Adults’ Psychological Well-Being

Principal investigator: Dr John LEE Sie-yuen (Department of Linguistics and Translation) Grant type: Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)  
7 October 2020

公益廣告的健康傳播策略評估 : 以香港流感廣告爲例

本文通過對2010年-2013年的香港流感公益廣告進行內容分析,來研究評估其宣傳效果。研究發現大部分的流感廣告從健康傳播的角度存在策略性的不足。
7 October 2020

媒體在流行病爆發事件中的干預作用 : 基於傳染病模型理論和新型冠狀病毒疫情案例的分析

本文從流行病傳播動力學的角度,探討媒體在應對突發公共衛生事件中的干預作用,認為在應對以突發公共衛生事件為代表的社會危機時,媒體需要在科學的指導下開展工作,才能精准地發揮公共影響力,產生正面的干預效果。
7 October 2020

The Role of Expectation Violation in Online Patient-Doctor Communication: Evidence from a Chinese Online E-health Websites

Drawing on the expectancy violation theory, this study investigates how patients’ expectation affects their trust with the doctor and their satisfaction with the mediated patient-doctor interaction.
4 November 2020

Survey Experiments on the Fight against COVID-19

Format Zoom Speakers Dr Nick OR, Dr Nick PETROVSKY, Professor Richard WALKER Abstract Over the last few months, we surveyed the Hong Kong general public on three separate occasions about their reactions to tools to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. These tools included: – different graphical ways to present information; – different versions of a hypothetical but realistically presented contact tracing app. We will explain how we did our research and implications of our findings for public service delivery, including which ways of presenting disease patterns and designing a contact tracing app increase citizen acceptance. Event details Please refer to the event poster. Register Click here (please register by 11:30 on 16 November, one hour before the talk)
4 November 2020

One Health Risk and Communication Seminar

Format Zoom Speakers Dr HUANG Guanxiong Using Messaging Strategy to Reduce Optimistic Bias in Health and Risk Communication Optimistic bias is individuals’ cognitive tendency of perceiving the risks to a hazardous event or disease for themselves lower than for others. Put it simply, “It is a serious issue, but it is someone else’s issue.” Optimistic bias has been observed with various health and risk issues, such as H1N1 flu and climate change, and may have a negative impact on people’s willingness to take preventive measures. I will present my research on message design strategy that can effectively reduce optimistic bias and in turn persuade people to take action against the hazardous event or disease. Dr KIM Ji Won From Risk Butterflies to Citizens Engaged in Risk Prevention in the Zika Virus Crisis Social media have become an important venue for communicating information about health risks during public health crises. Despite that individuals not only receive risk information but also actively share it within their social networks, little is known about how the bidirectional use of social media would influence their risk perceptions and subsequent health behaviors. Hence, in this talk, I will present a study which examines how two-way social media communication (i.e., posting and receiving risk information on social media) are linked to different levels of risk perceptions, and in turn, this leads to information seeking and preventive behaviors. Implications of the findings will also be discussed in light of communication strategies that motivate users to share accurate risk information during the pandemic. Dr DAI Yue Observing Interactions in Online Mental Health Support Groups: A Masspersonal Perspective to Social Support Common mental disorders are a pressing global public health issue. Although prior research has revealed invaluable insights on the benefits of online health support groups, it focused more on active posters in these groups while neglecting the lurkers. This seminar presents two studies on how observers of interactions in online support communities relate to the interactants in the conversations and experience the interactions vicariously. The results shed light on passive use of online support groups and guide the design of online support communities. Event details Please refer to the event poster Register Click here (after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting) Enquiries OH.seminar@cityu.edu.hk
4 November 2020

COVID-19 Writing Competition
(Open for submission from now till 22 Feb 2021)

Overview Of all infectious disease outbreaks in recent times, none have had such an impact on Hong Kong as COVID-19. Secondary school students have been uniquely affected by the outbreak. Not only have their current studies been significantly disrupted but their future plans have been challenged by the disease. The question is how? To answer this question, we would like to invite secondary school students to submit short essays for a winter writing competition on COVID-19. These essays will directly address the challenges facing students today and in the future. With this in mind, there will be two topics for the essays: (1) Oral History: What has been the impact of COVID-19 on your life in Hong Kong? For this topic, we would encourage authors to talk with their families, their friends as well as members of the local community. Identify common themes and topics and write an essay using the oral comments from those you have spoken with. (2) Back to the Future: What was the impact of COVID-19 on life in Hong Kong? Go fifty years into the future. Look back on your own experiences and on how the disease shaped Hong Kong’s future direction. Be as creative as you want. You could write from your own perspective – such as a diary entry or a letter – or tell a fictional story. Up to you. Just remember to place the impact of the virus at the centre of your story. Categories for Submission Two Topics : (1) Oral History (2) Back to the Future Two Streams: DSE or Open i. Junior (S1-3) ii. Senior (S4 or above) Prizes Winners in each category/stream will receive: First: HK$1,000 book coupons Second: HK$500 book coupons Event Details Please refer to the event poster. Instructions for Submission Please read the instructions for submission, and submit your work to COVID19.competition@cityu.edu.hk. Closing Date 22 February 2021, Monday, 5pm Result Announcement The winning entries will be announced in March 2021.
25 November 2020

Efficacy of Omega-3 Supplementation in Reducing Antisocial Behaviour

Omega-3 supplementation may help reduce childhood antisocial and aggressive behaviour in females, and in children with high psychopathic-like personality, in an East Asian population, a study conducted by Dr Annis FUNG Lai-chu suggested.
1 December 2020

One Health Social and Public Policy Seminar

Format Zoom Speakers Dr Nick OR A Tale of Two City-states: A Comparison of the State-led vs Civil Society-led Responses to COVID-19 in Singapore and Hong Kong This paper compares the early pandemic response in Singapore and Hong Kong, two Asian city-states of similar sizes with a shared history of SARS, and advanced medical systems. Although both were able to contain the disease, they did so using two very dierent approaches. Using data from cross-national surveys, news, and mobility data, we demonstrate that, in protest-ridden Hong Kong, low governmental trust bolstered civil society, which focused on self-mobilization and community mutual-help. In Singapore, a state-led response model that marginalized civil society brought early success but failed to stem an outbreak among its egregated migrant population. The study sheds light on the roles of state and non-state actors in a crisis. Prof Mark R THOMPSON Popularity without Performance: The Philippine Government Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s response to the COVID-19 virus has been in line with his ‘macho populism’ similar to Donald Trump’s in the US and Jair Bolsonaro’s in Brazil. Like these illiberal leaders, a lockdown of Metro Manila and most of the rest of the Philippines since mid-March was implemented only after Duterte’s initial denialism, in the face of the growing threat from the rapidly spreading virus. Once Duterte did nally act, it was in a haphazard (particularly in terms of the lack of adequate testing and contract tracing) and highly militarised fashion Yet recent opinion polls show Duterte’s popularity has actually increased despite the country’s poor performance during the pandemic (the highest caseload in Southeast Asia as of this writing). This paper analyzes Duterte’s political ‘success’ despite governance failures during the pandemic in ideational (populist appeals), institutional (the lack of accountability in the country’s ‘hyperpresidentialist’ system), and structural terms (the weakness of a socially oriented political alternative despite the country’s extreme levels of inequality). Dr Nicholas THOMAS Anti-Microbial Resistance in China Since the turn of the century, China has been a major source of infectious disease outbreaks (SARS, H5N1, H7N9, COVID-19). It is also the source of the MCR-1 gene that confers resistance to colistin, a ‘last line’ antibiotic that can be deployed against multidrug resistant infections. With the largest population of any country combined with its status as a major supplier of produce, evaluating the emergence of AMR in China and Chinese responses to the threat is critical to understanding the global response. This paper starts by reviewing how Chinese authorities have framed the issue. The analysis focuses on antibiotic usage in both humans and the agricultural sector. Finally, the domestic and international implications of China’s responses are considered. Based on interviews with key Chinese and international ocials, scientists, and public health specialists as well as farmers and consumers, we present data that argues the securitization of AMR in China is currently more concerned with policy and resource competition than with addressing an existential threat. Event details Please refer to the event poster Register Click here (after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting) Enquiries OH.seminar@cityu.edu.hk