Review: Progress in public health risk communication in China: Lessons learned from SARS to H7N9

This research article demonstrates the significant improvements of China’s risk communication capacities since the SARS outbreak in 2003 and provides suggestions for other countries’ long-term risk communication capacity building efforts.

Lessons learned from China’s risk communication capacity following the SARS epidemic are beneficial, particularly for lower- and middle-income countries and their capacity building programs. Government and public health officials must communicate effectively to frontline health care providers, field epidemiologists, and the public. To effectively communicate with these groups, leaders must communicate rapidly, using terminology understood by the target audience via preferred communication channels. They must also recognize and address barriers to health protection practices. Consistent messaging from all collaborators is key.

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About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
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.

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