Grounded in the ethnographic tradition, Dr. Dillon's work explores the intersection of culture, structure, marginalization and health communication. His research looks at how large-scale social, political, and economic configurations influence meanings and actions related to health, particularly in the realm of racial/ethnic health disparities. Some of his recent projects have explored the role of social discrimination and government health policy in perpetuating disparate access to quality end-of-life medical care, the construction of morality and personal responsibility in primary care medical interviews, and community-based strategies for addressing racial/ethnic disparities in new HIV/AIDS infections. His work appears in journals such as Health Communication, Communication and Medicine, Journal of Family Communication, and Southern Communication Journal.
How health is traditionally practiced and communicated in Western contexts
How culture is characterized in Western medicine
Alternative approaches to dominant frameworks on health
The subalternity of culture in health contexts
Understanding the "local" contexts of culture
Current theories/paradigms in health communication studying multicultural populations
Calls to action: how people can help?
What the future holds for cultural contexts in health