Risk Communication and Information Sharing Workgroup October Report

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

The Risk Communication and Information Sharing Workgroup held their monthly conference call on Oct. 3. The group discussed and finalized two abstract submissions to the 2014 Preparedness Summit. One abstract focuses on the use of social media in public health emergencies, while the other session will offer insight and best practices into involving the hard-to-reach communities in communication planning and channels. The workgroup has also started to compile and share resources in an effort to update a NACCHO toolkit with risk communication materials. Additionally, the workgroup plans to collaborate with the National Public Health Information Coalition on cross-promoting toolkits and aligning other activities as appropriate. The workgroup is pleased to have added two additional members during fall recruitment: Jennifer Jones, public information officer and risk communicator, for the North Central Health District (GA) and Gillian Conrad, grants and communication specialist, at the Berrien County (MI) Health Department.

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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