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Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

Official Communication Strategies and Effectiveness Two articles discuss how government sources are the most used and trusted sources of information about COVID-19. One article specifically focuses on how young adults use government websites more than other age groups, and how Read More
In this article, health risk communication scholars use systems theory to analyze U.S. government communication during the COVID-19 pandemic and offer recommendations for local, national, and international governments to effectively communicate with the public: Actively seek and respond to relevant Read More
Unique Educational and Persuasive Approaches from Other Countries In a unique approach to persuade individuals to comply with recommended preventive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Quebec government partnered with local music artists to communicate its message. Music Read More
This week, two studies were published assessing the quality of online information about COVID-19 being communicated to public audiences. In the first study, researchers determined there are gaps in the quality of information available online. Websites from educational sources (.edu) Read More
Now that the earliest stages of COVID-19 have passed, it is important to assess the communication to the public about health risk. Although standards of crisis and risk communication are applicable (i.e., have an informed plan, tailor messages to the Read More
Online Health Information Two studies available this week evaluate the content of health information online. In a study assessing the quality of COVID-19 information on public websites, it was determined that most websites have substandard scores for readability, usability, reliability, Read More
Information Management Ethically responding to the COVID-19 pandemic requires filling current gaps in information systems and processes. An interdisciplinary team of researchers offers both short- and long-term recommendations for public health reporting and data sharing, contact tracing and tracking, and Read More
This commentary outlines challenges assisted living communities face in light of COVID-19 and provides recommendations for adhering to federal guidelines in spite of these challenges. Assisted living providers face numerous challenges concerning federal guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read More
This public radio story provides tips for deciphering between accurate and inaccurate information on social media. During this public radio news story, a representative from the News Literacy Project shared the tools created for students to evaluate news stories circulating Read More
This article suggests that federal and state government as well as long-term care facilities should ensure meaningful communication in care settings to reduce negative mental health effects stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Older adults in long-term care facilities are at Read More

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