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... . The lack of communication infrastructure and procedures delayed the transmission of key messages from public health and government officials to the public (Bedrosian et al., 2016)
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... MEETING OBJECTIVES To learn about current national and international efforts to develop the capacity to communicate effectively during times of infectious disease outbreaks, and to explore gaps in the research agenda that may help address communication needs to advance the field, the Forum on Microbial Threats of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a 1.5 day workshop on December 13 and 14, 2016, in Washington, DC. This workshop brought together stakeholders at different levels of outbreak detection, preparedness, and response.
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... "We view these topics as fundamental to the business of translating theory and research and development into policy in the realm of emerging infectious disease," said Relman. Jeffrey Duchin, health officer and chief of the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section for Public Health in Seattle and King County, Washington, added that the high-level goals of the workshop were to highlight the benefit and importance of cross-disciplinary contributions in this area and to examine opportunities and challenges for building improved communication capacity and capability.
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... It delves into approaches in packaging stories, managing misinformation and rumors, leveraging participatory surveillance and bidirectional communication platforms, and training journalists and other communicators on the ground. Chapter 5 presents the role of data and evidence in the field, using lessons from the recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks.

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