Emergency risk communication for public health professionals

Emergency Risk Communication for Public Health Professionals is an online course that presents fundamental training concepts for communicating with the media and community in the event of a public health emergency. The main goal of the course is to enhance the ability of public health professionals to communicate with the media and the community during a public health crisis. The pandemic influenza simulation included as part of this course is innovative and allows public health professionals to practice specific skills, such as answering a pandemic influenza hotline. The entire course, although not pandemic-specific, includes several learning modules and a skills training component. Also included is a useful toolkit of checklists and worksheets that allow public health professionals to practice skills such as writing a press release and planning for staffing or resource needs. The course and pandemic influenza simulation may best be applicable to the needs of state and local health departments.

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