Risk Communication & Psycho-Social Issues in Radiation Events 


Tim Tinker, MPH, DrPH 
Senior Associate 
Booz Allen Hamilton  

Brian Flynn, EdE 
Associate Director 
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress 
University of Health Sciences, Bethesda MD

Speakers provide clear guidance for bioterrorism coordinators, clinical staff and administrative personnel to be better prepared to manage psychosocial reactions of communities and individuals, and to communicate effectively internally, between response partners and with the public during radiological emergencies. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Use core principles of risk communication to focus health messages effectively in a radiological emergency.
  2. Anticipate common reactions among individuals and communities to radiological events in order to plan effectively and minimize negative effects on the public's health and well-being. 
  3. Identify resources available to assist public health, clinical and mental health professionals in communicating effectively with internal and external audiences during radiological events. 
Public Health Preparedness Core Competencies 

Domain I:   
1.2 Manage Behaviors
1.3: Facilitate Collaboration 

Domain II:    
 2.2 Use principles of crisis and risk communication  
 2.3 Report info thru chain of command 

Domain III:    
 3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans  

Domain 4:  
 4.2 Employ protective behaviors (in radiological event) 

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities  

PHEP Capability 4: Emergency Public Information and Warning

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