Risk Communication and Information Sharing Workgroup December Report

Chair: Meredith Li-Vollmer; Staff: Frances Bevington and Sara Rubin

The Risk Communication and Information Sharing Workgroup held its monthly conference call on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Workgroup members shared their progress toward workplan deliverables and plans for presentations at the 2014 Preparedness Summit.The group submitted two abstracts for the Summit which were both accepted. Meredith Li-Vollmer and Heather Burton will be speakers for a learning session entitled “Public Information is Stronger Together: Involving Hard-to-Reach Communities in Communication Planning and Channels” and Elizabeth Hart and Jim Garrow will be speakers for a workshop entitled “Social Media in Disasters: Real Life Experiences and the Tools Needed to Succeed.” NACCHO will host a point-of-dispensing exercise at this year’s Preparedness Summit and group members Rita Obey and Heather Burton volunteered to review the communications aspects of the exercise. The group discussed plans to incorporate graduate students from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health into the development of a policy statement on the use of social media during emergencies. The group also proposed the topic of the integration of public information officers into incident command for a story from the field to include in NACCHO’s storybank website. A review rubric has been circulated to the group members who will be evaluating NACCHO’s Advance Practice Center Risk Communications Toolkit for possible updates and revisions. Elizabeth Hart shared information about a mobile app that Shelby County Health Department recently developed to reduce infant mortality rates. The next workgroup call is scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 2-3 pm.

About Frances Bevington

Frances Bevington is the Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist for Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO. Her work includes emergency and risk communications planning, strategic messaging, and multichannel marketing for the adoption of best practices in public health preparedness. Twitter: @Wilkington

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