Developing Tools for Building & Sustaining Trust in Health Information: The National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator Program

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM (EDT)


This panel is designed to 1) highlight the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) efforts to foster the development of tools and techniques to help the nation prevent, mitigate, and adapt to threats to communication systems, and 2) provide an opportunity for health communicators to learn about the development of tools and techniques for addressing mis- and dis-information and building public trust.

More about the NSF Convergence Accelerator Program

The goal of this NSF Convergence Accelerator program is to support novel research platforms forming integrated collection(s) of tools, techniques, and educational materials and programs to support increased citizen trust in public information of all sorts (health, climate, news, etc.), through more effectively preventing, mitigating, and adapting to critical threats in our communications systems. The cohort of projects supported through this focus will catalyze innovative partnerships involving the full range of information consumers and a diverse set of organizations focused on engendering trust and authenticity in communications systems. Collectively, the cohort of projects will produce products, processes, and resources to enable a more trustworthy communications ecosystem by focusing on the range of content platforms, new and enhanced services to improve the fidelity of communications between platforms and information consumers, and education and training materials to create better informed consumers.

Want a Sneak Peek

The CO:CAST team invites you to check out this short video about their project.

See how the ARTT project empowers the public to engage in the fight against misinformation. Click here to watch.


"NSF’s Focus on Trust & Authenticity in Communication Systems"

Mike Pozmantier

NSF Project Officer
Trust & Authenticity in Communication Systems Track Manager

"Strengthening Local Abilities to Communicate: The Analysis and Response Toolkit for Trust (ARTT)"

Connie Moon Sehat

Principal Investigator and Researcher-at-Large

"Tools and Techniques – Challenges, Needs, and Opportunities"

Glen Nowak

Professor, Co-Director
Grady College Center for Health & Risk Communication
University of Georgia

"Crisis Observatory: Credible, Actionable, Sensemaking Tools for Better Decisions (CO:CAST)"

Srinivasan Parthasarathy

The Ohio State University Project

Ayaz Hyder

The Ohio State University Project


Robert Jennings

Executive Director
National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC)
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