2021 VIRTUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEALTH COMMUNICATION, MARKETING AND MEDIA

Communicating Public Health in a Time of Disinformation and Science Skepticism

Thursday, August 26, 2021 1:00 - 2:00 PM (EDT)

TOPIC DESCRIPTION & OVERVIEW

The COVID-19 global pandemic has resulted in many lessons learned, and shown great vulnerabilities in our ability to communicate important public health messages in a time of crisis. The world has changed in many ways, bringing new challenges to the very basic tenets of risk communication, and health communication in general. This session looks at the impact of an increasingly fractured culture, and how it has made communicating public health and science ever more difficult.

PANELISTS

"COVID-19 vaccines:
What we have here is a failure
to disseminate"

Craig Lefebvre

Lead Change Designer
RTI International

"The challenges for writers and journalists in covering the
COVID-19 pandemic"

Maryn McKenna

Author and Senior Health Writer
Wired Magazine

"How public policy impacts
behavior change efforts"

Joelle Lester

Director
Commercial Tobacco Control Program
Public Health Law Center

Moderator

Jennifer (Jeni) O'Malley

Deputy Chief of Staff &
Chief Communications Officer
Indiana State Department of Health

President
National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC)
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