Review: Risk communication and management in public health crises

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Review: Risk communication and management in public health crises

Review: Risk communication and management in public health crises

This article discusses lessons learned from previous public health crises.

Expertise in communication is essential for outbreak control. Implicit to better risk communication is a belief that better risk management will automatically follow, but specific efforts need to be enacted to ensure that happens. Communication, cooperation, and coordination are necessary at all governmental levels. Several lessons have been learned from previous disease outbreaks to address public health crises:

  • Concerted effort is needed to translate risk communication to coordinated risk management responses
  • Resources must be mobilized effectively, efficiently, and in a timely manner
  • Clear roles and responsibilities must be communicated at local, state, and federal levels
  • Strategic plans must be operational

Learning from mistakes in these areas during previous crises can offer insight for being more effective during the current public health outbreak.

|2020-04-29T09:01:43-04:00April 29th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

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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