COVID-19 Longitudinal Risk Communication Working Group
Current knowledge about longitudinal risk communication is built on the acute onset or singular experience events. This suggests public health risk communicators are unprepared to think about the protracted nature of this pandemic. We will focus on identifying the issues and strategies to balance between steady-state and emergent threat communication with COVID communication needs. Drawing from expertise in these areas, the COVID-19 Longitudinal Risk Communication: Identifying Issues and Strategies Working Group will identify longitudinal research and strategic planning needs for public health communicators.
This Working Group will convene calls of state, county and local leaders, experts, and providers from public health, government, health care, community civic groups, and others to identify knowledge gaps, needs, and concerns related to longitudinal risk communication given the current public health crisis. Within these calls, the group will facilitate relationship-building, information and resource sharing, and co-learning to fill knowledge gaps to inform policies, procedures, and planning. The Working Group will focus on 6 topics:
This COVID-19 Working Group effort is supported by the National Science Foundation-funded Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) Network and the CONVERGE facility at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder (NSF Award #1841338).
Check out the COVID-19 Longitudinal Risk Communication: Identifying Issues and Strategies Working Group Research Agenda-Setting Paper which was written to help advance convergence-oriented research in the hazards and disaster field. It highlights areas where additional research could contribute new knowledge to the response to and recovery from the pandemic and other disasters yet to come.