Taking on the role of interim CDC director can be an intimidating task, but an impending pandemic can make the position exponentially more daunting. This is the situation Dr. Richard Besser faced in 2009 when he stepped into his new job. But Besser took the task head on and guided the country’s premier health agency through the H1N1 outbreak with skill and confidence. Through this experience Besser saw first hand how important communication is to building the publics’ trust and improving health behaviors.
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May 7th, 2013 12:55 pm ET - Blog Administrator
May 1st, 2013 12:27 pm ET - Blog Administrator
One of the many roles of public health is to protect consumers from threats like foodborne outbreaks. Much of this hinges on quickly getting out clear messages to the public that provide simple steps to help stem the spread of disease. This is something public health professionals have been doing for over a hundred years, but a recent outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg got us wondering, “Are we doing enough to keep the public safe? Are we too slow? And, How can we improve?”
April 24th, 2013 8:09 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Cate Shockey
A delicious topic – food! As a super picky eater with minimal cooking skills, a prepackaged stockpile is right up my alley.
April 16th, 2013 8:18 am ET - Ali S. Khan
James Vaughan, founder of Ndemic Creations, spoke to CDC staff on March 20, 2013 about his new mobile app, Plague Inc. Within the game, players select a pathogen and strategize how to evolve symptoms, transmit the disease, and counter actions taken by world governments and scientists. With a successful disease, players can watch as governments fall and humanity is wiped out.
April 3rd, 2013 8:54 am ET - Blog Administrator
By: Ethan M. Riley
Staff meetings for the Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) Public Information Office (PIO) are pretty run of the mill. We review the past week’s accomplishments, divvy up assignments for the coming week and forecast projects for the weeks ahead. We talk a lot of “shop,” but also make time to dish on our favorite subject …lunch. So it did not come as a great surprise to those who know me or my colleagues that the ADEM PIO office would start a “Whole Community” campaign called the Emergency Kit Cook-Off.
March 27th, 2013 9:39 am ET - Blog Administrator
When asked, leaders in communities everywhere will say that communication is by far the biggest problem during an emergency. Communication is such a broad term that it does not pinpoint the problem. Is it actual communication systems like phone lines and cell towers? Is it the communication you receive or try to obtain in an emergency? Is it communication to the people you are responsible for? Is it communication from the people you are responsible for? The question becomes how do we go about addressing these issues? Start small and focus on one solution to one communication problem.
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