Module 7: Risk Communication

In the event of a public health crisis, effective risk communication is undertaken by specialized governmental and health bodies to prepare communities to act promptly. Educating the public on high risk situations like pandemic disease outbreaks can prompt appropriate public responses to contain these health crises. Risk must be communicated to the public with discretion to avoid triggering mass panics or causing misinformation.

Risk Communication Principles:(1)

Effective risk communication is critical and should follow several guidelines:

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(1) Adapted from United States. Department of Health & Human Services. HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan Supplement 10 Public Health Communications.