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Emergency Health Communication

  • By: Julia Pearce
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Emergency health communication refers to health advice that is conveyed in the context of a public health emergency. Effective emergency health communication plays a key role in determining health outcomes, both for those directly caught up in an emergency situation and the wider public. Emergency health communication is closely related to risk communication and crisis communication, as illustrated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Plan. Risk communication and emergency health communication share the core objective of influencing knowledge about and behavioral responses to risk, but risk communication is distinct from emergency health communication in that it can take place without the need for an emergency situation to arise. This is an important distinction, as emergencies provide ...

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