HMD – Communication and Infectious Disease

What: Workshop on Building Communication Capacity to Counter Infectious Disease Threats
When: December 13, 2016 - December 14, 2016 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center (100) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Topics: Diseases, Global Health, Public Health
Activity: Forum on Microbial Threats

 

Information

Link to webcast    Agenda   Planning Committee 
HMD website: nationalacademies.org/hmd/About-HMD.aspx

Contact: MicrobialThreats@nas.edu
Address: Keck Center
500 Fifth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

This workshop, organized by the Forum on Global Health – Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine- is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The workshop will also be webcast, and all videos of the webcast recordings will be archived on the workshop website.

 

Overview

Building communication capacity is critical for the preparedness, detection and response to infectious disease threats. The International Health Regulations (IHR) establish risk communication as a core capacity that member states must fulfill to strengthen the fight against these threats. Despite global recognition of the importance of complying with IHR, 67% of signatory countries report themselves as not compliant. This lack of capacity has grave consequences as shown during the West Africa Ebola epidemic. The lack of communication infrastructure and procedures in place delayed the transmission of key messages from public health and government officials to the public. Furthermore, no mechanisms were in place for the public to share their questions, concerns and fears with public health authorities.

By investing in communication capacity, public health and government officials would be prepared to provide advice, information and reassurance to the public once these events occur as well as to rapidly develop messages that are coordinated among all public and private sectors involved. Many efforts have been implemented to address the gaps in communication capacity during these situations. However, most of them, despite being successful, have not been replicated or tested in different scenarios. Guidance has been provided with the development of frameworks, standards and protocols as well as many conceptual approaches to communication for outbreaks, but they have not been streamlined or integrated, or translated well into practice. Moreover, some of these guidance documents have not considered the entire political, social, and cultural environment in which communication occurs.

There is a need to learn from what has been done and to identify how to use the evidence base to create a research agenda that will allow this field to move forward. By bringing together stakeholders at different levels of outbreak detection and response, this workshop will provide a venue to review progress and needs in strengthening communication capacity for dealing with infectious disease threats, both for outbreaks and routine challenges.

 

Workshop’s specific objectives

• Examine the key elements of communication capacity necessary to address infectious disease threats, including:

o Scientific foundations for effective communication

o Roles of scientists and health professionals, the community, and media

o Evidence-based methods for designing, pretesting, and evaluating of communication strategies

o Multi-sector support for investment in these capabilities
• Examine the current state of science regarding public engagement and trust, the understanding of risk and health-protective behaviors, and behavioral responses, including:

o The cognitive, affective, social, and economic factors shaping health-related decision making

o The roles of persuasive vs. non persuasive communication

o The roles of traditional and digital media

o Proactive and reactive management of misinformation and rumors

o Bidirectional communication platforms, both to engage the public and to generate data
• Assess the implications of the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR) and lessons learned from recent outbreaks

• Discuss research needs, opportunities, and barriers for collaboration among, across, and within the epidemiology, biomedical, and social and behavioral science communities.

 

Health and Medicine Division (HMD)

From HMD website

The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) is a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies). The National Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. The Academies operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln.

Our Work

HMD’s aim is to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely. Each year, more than 3,000 individuals volunteer their time, knowledge, and expertise to advance the nation’s health through the work of HMD.

Many of the studies that HMD undertakes are requested by federal agencies and independent organizations; others begin as specific mandates from Congress. While our expert, consensus committees are vital to our advisory role, HMD also convenes a series of forums, roundtables, and standing committees, as well as other activities, to facilitate discussion; discovery; and critical, cross-disciplinary thinking.

About Our Division Name

HMD previously was the Institute of Medicine (IOM) program unit of the National Academies. On March 15, 2016, the division was renamed HMD, building on the heritage of the IOM’s work in medicine while emphasizing its increased focus on a wider range of health matters. To learn more, please visit About Our Division Name.

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D.C. Health Communication Conferences

Every other year, the Center for Health & Risk Communication (CHR&C) at George Mason University organizes and hosts the D.C. Health Communication Conference.

Support for the DCHC conferences is provided by a conference grant from the National Cancer Institute and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. DCHC is the sister conference of the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC).

 

Summary

Every other year, the Center for Health & Risk Communication (CHR&C) at George Mason University organizes and hosts the D.C. Health Communication Conference.

Support for the DCHC conferences is provided by a conference grant from the National Cancer Institute and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. DCHC is the sister conference of the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC).

 

Information

2017 Website: http://dchc.gmu.edu/
Conference Manager: Anne Nicotera  dchc@gmu.edu
Abstract submission: Kevin Wright, Main Conference Program Planner, dchc@gmu.edu
Preconference & Atkin Award: Gary Kreps, Preconference Manager & Atkin Award Committee Chair, gkreps@gmu.edu
Website info: Brittany Sanders, Assistant Conference Manager & Webmaster, dchc@gmu.edu

DCHC 2017

The Department of Communication at George Mason University announces the innovative 2017 D.C. Health Communication Conference, “Patient-Centered Communication,” April 27–29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax at Fair Lakes. The pre-conference on Thursday April 27th will focus on the theme, “Enhancing the Use of Multiple Health Communication Channels” with a variety of invited speakers and interactive panel discussions.

The main conference will feature competitive papers, posters and panel sessions covering not only issues related to the conference theme of “Patient-Centered Health Communication” but also to broadly defined concerns across a breadth of topics relevant to health communication research and practice. The conference reception Friday evening will be held in a lovely outdoor setting to offer participants an opportunity to relax after a full day of work. Saturday, April 29th will continue additional competitive paper and panel sessions and will conclude with a luncheon keynote presentation by the winner of The Charles Atkin Award for Outstanding Translational Health Communication Scholar. Top paper and poster awards will also be given at this luncheon.  Abstract programmed in poster sessions are eligible for poster awards in three categories: Top Student, Top Early Career Scholar, and Top Overall. Abstracts accepted for panel presentations will be eligible for awards in those same categories, provided that complete papers are submitted by February 15th. Specific instructions will be given at the time of acceptance.

Call for Abstracts:  The deadline for submitting one page abstracts is December 1, 2016. Submission will be through the DCHC website, and the link will be live in early November. We encourage both new and seasoned health communication scholars to submit their work. Those who submit abstracts will be informed of acceptance by January 20, 2017. Submit abstracts online to:  http://dchc.gmu.edu/submission/

Translational Health Communication Research Scholar Award: The 4th Translational Health Communication Scholar Award will be presented at the conference to an eminent scholar who has made major contributions to health communication research, practice, and policy. Nominations for this award will be accepted until February 1, 2017 at: gkreps@gmu.edu. A nomination should consist of a letter detailing why the nominee deserves the award, accompanied by the nominee’s CV.

 

DCHC 2015

The 3rd Biennial D.C. Health Communication Conference (DCHC)
“Communication Competence and Health Promotion”
April 16-18, 2015, Hyatt at Fair Lakes Hotel & Conference Center, Fairfax, Virginia

The Center for Health & Risk Communication at George Mason University announces the innovative 2015 D.C. Health Communication Conference, “Communication Competence and Health Promotion,” April 16–18, 2015 at the Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes. The DCHC conference will examine how health communication research, education, technologies, and policies can promote health and well-being. We will feature competitive papers, posters, and panels focusing on cutting edge health communication research and applications. Topics will examine sensitive communication in the delivery of care, strategic communication campaigns, evolving health information technologies, interactive health interventions, powerful media representations of health issues, and relevant new health communication programs, policies, and practices.

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Open Science Initiative conferences

The Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) brings together a diverse and high-level group of scholarly publishing decision makers from around the globe into a series of annual meetings that are thoughtfully designed and constructed so these leaders can personally share their ideas and perspectives and look for common ground and actionable solutions.

OSI is managed by the National Science Communication Institute (nSCI) in long-term partnership with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). GMU Communications and Press Forward hosted the first of 10 annual conferences.

 

Summary

The Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI)  brings together a diverse and high-level group of scholarly publishing decision makers from around the globe into a series of annual meetings that are thoughtfully designed and constructed so these leaders can personally share their ideas and perspectives and look for common ground and actionable solutions.

OSI is managed by the National Science Communication Institute (nSCI) in long-term partnership with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). GMU Communications and Press Forward hosted the first of 10 annual conferences.

 

Information

Website: http://osinitiative.org/

 

About

What should the future of scholarly publishing look like? How about open access? Who should decide? Can journals become more affordable and accessible? Will journals continue to serve as the primary means of communicating research? Can institutional repositories work together more effectively to integrate the world’s knowledge? Finding the answers to these and other related questions is important for research growth, research funding, public education and policy development, global economic development, global information access and equity, and more. And there are many different stakeholder groups working to find the answers. But not together, and not until now.

The Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) is an ambitious, global effort to establish high level dialogue and cooperation on these issues.

OSI brings together a diverse and high-level group of scholarly publishing decision makers from around the globe into a series of annual meetings that are thoughtfully designed and constructed so these leaders can personally share their ideas and perspectives and look for common ground and actionable solutions. Ideas generated at each meeting are refined throughout the year through a broadening circle of delegate voices, and can be formalized into decisions at annual meetings over the next 10 years, with the goal of ensuring that solutions are workable and widely adopted, and that new and remaining issues are continually reviewed and agreed-to solutions are fine-tuned.

Conference delegates who are being identified and invited to participate in these meetings are C-level representatives from key stakeholder groups in scholarly publishing around the world, representing governments, journal publishing, open access, universities and research institutions, faculty groups, scholarly societies, libraries, research funders, regulatory agencies, public policy groups, STEM education groups, journalism, and more. Around 225 such delegates committed to attend OSI2016, with the final attendance numbers dropping to about 195 due to last-minute schedule conflicts (as happens with a group of high-level delegates).

IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

The Open Scholarship Initiative originated from the efforts of nSCI, a US-based nonprofit. Between October 2014 and January 2015, nSCI convened and moderated an online conversation between 120 open access stakeholders, including many thought leaders in open access, publishing, and scholarly communications. This conversation, which began as the “Open Science Initiative,” resulted in the recommendations below, as well as a post-discussion partnership with UNESCO to expand this effort globally as the Open Scholarship Initiative, broadening the focus both geographically and intellectually. For more details about the Open Science Initiative’s discussions and recommendations, see the group’s working paper at http://bit.ly/1DJwRLT

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Health care conferences

The best source for health care is Symplur's compilation of conferences.  This list is part of the Symplur Hashtag Project.

 

Healthcare Hashtag Project, a free open platform for patients, caregivers, advocates, doctors and other providers that connects them to relevant conversations and communities.

The goal of the Healthcare Hashtag Project is to make the use of Twitter more accessible for providers and the healthcare community as a whole.

Summary

Healthcare Hashtag Project, a free open platform for patients, caregivers, advocates, doctors and other providers that connects them to relevant conversations and communities.

The goal of the Healthcare Hashtag Project is to make the use of Twitter more accessible for providers and the healthcare community as a whole.

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DCHC 2017

The Department of Communication at George Mason University announces the innovative 2017 D.C. Health Communication Conference, “Patient-Centered Communication,” April 27–29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax at Fair Lakes.

The pre-conference on Thursday April 27th will focus on the theme, “Enhancing the Use of Multiple Health Communication Channels” with a variety of invited speakers and interactive panel discussions.

 

Summary

The Department of Communication at George Mason University announces the innovative 2017 D.C. Health Communication Conference, “Patient-Centered Communication,” April 27–29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax at Fair Lakes.

The pre-conference on Thursday April 27th will focus on the theme, “Enhancing the Use of Multiple Health Communication Channels” with a variety of invited speakers and interactive panel discussions.

 

Information

2017 Website: http://dchc.gmu.edu/   onAir Hub: dchc2017.onair.cc
Conference Manager: Anne Nicotera  dchc@gmu.edu
Abstract submission: Kevin Wright, Main Conference Program Planner, dchc@gmu.edu
Preconference & Atkin Award: Gary Kreps, Preconference Manager & Atkin Award Committee Chair, gkreps@gmu.edu
Website info: Brittany Sanders, Assistant Conference Manager & Webmaster, dchc@gmu.edu

 

Overview

The main conference will feature competitive papers, posters and panel sessions covering not only issues related to the conference theme of “Patient-Centered Health Communication” but also to broadly defined concerns across a breadth of topics relevant to health communication research and practice. The conference reception Friday evening will be held in a lovely outdoor setting to offer participants an opportunity to relax after a full day of work. Saturday, April 29th will continue additional competitive paper and panel sessions and will conclude with a luncheon keynote presentation by the winner of The Charles Atkin Award for Outstanding Translational Health Communication Scholar. Top paper and poster awards will also be given at this luncheon.  Abstract programmed in poster sessions are eligible for poster awards in three categories: Top Student, Top Early Career Scholar, and Top Overall. Abstracts accepted for panel presentations will be eligible for awards in those same categories, provided that complete papers are submitted by February 15th. Specific instructions will be given at the time of acceptance.

 

Call for Abstracts

The deadline for submitting one page abstracts is December 1, 2016. Submission will be through the DCHC website, and the link will be live in early November. We encourage both new and seasoned health communication scholars to submit their work. Those who submit abstracts will be informed of acceptance by January 20, 2017. Submit abstracts online to:  http://dchc.gmu.edu/submission/

Translational Health Communication Research Scholar Award: The 4th Translational Health Communication Scholar Award will be presented at the conference to an eminent scholar who has made major contributions to health communication research, practice, and policy. Nominations for this award will be accepted until February 1, 2017 at: gkreps@gmu.edu. A nomination should consist of a letter detailing why the nominee deserves the award, accompanied by the nominee’s CV.

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