Risky Business: Communication During Crisis

with Kristine A. Smith, MA, Director of Public Health Risk Communication, Office of Science and Public Health, New York State Department of Health

July 13, 2006

At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  1. Anticipate common reactions to events that threaten the public's health and well-being (e.g, speculation, anger and concern, instant experts).
  2. Describe the three types of "noise" which commonly distort public health messages in the event of an emergency (e.g., physical, cultural/literacy and psychological barriers).
  3. Use core principles of risk communication to focus health messages effectively in an emergency, gain trust and overcome "mental noise".
  4. Describe at least three ways to best communicate with the public and other officials in high risk situations (e.g., plan ahead; respond quickly; be accurate, competent, and compassionate, etc.).

Participant Information
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1. Work location?
2. Job position/role?
3. Type of organization/work setting?
4. Race/ethnicity?
5. Gender?
6. What format did you use?
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7. I was satisfied with the course overall.
8. This course enhanced my knowledge of the subject matter.
9. The course was relevant to what I might be expected to do to (prevent, prepare for, or respond to) an emergency.
10. The program content supported the objective(s).
11. This course provided content that is relevant to my daily job.
12. I would recommend this course to others.
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13. What was the most useful or important thing you learned during this program?
14. What suggestions do you have for improving the program?
15. Please offer other topics of interest you would like to learn more about in future Center for Public Health Preparedness educational activities.
Point of View
16. This program is fair, balanced, and free of commercial bias.
Continuing Education Credits

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