Risk Communication for Special Populations

Category: Risk and Crisis Communication

There are five main sections in this course:

  • Section 1:Risk Communication and Special Populations
  • Section 2:General Strategies
  • Section 3:Specific Strategies
  • Section 4:Scenarios
  • Section 5:Knowledge Bank

Intended Audience

anyone responsible for communicating risk to special populations during an emergency situation

Learning Objectives:

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describefour general strategies to effectively communicate risk to special populations
  • Describemethods to identify and map special population groups and explain why it is important
  • Utilizecommunity leaders to assist in communicating risk to special populations
  • Conductpre-emergency planning to facilitate communicating risk to special populations
  • Describeguidelines for media accessibility
  • Utilizethe following information about each of nine special population groups to avoid and/or solve communication problems during an emergency
  • Potential communication barriers
  • Best methods to deliver the message
  • Person(s) best suited to deliver the message
  • Any special technical or content issues to consider when delivering the message

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Identified

Domain 4: Cultural Competency Skills

  • 4A5. Addresses the diversity of individuals and populations when implementing policies, programs, and services that affect the health of a community

Domain 5: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

  • 5A2. Recognizes relationships that are affecting health in a community (e.g., relationships among health departments, hospitals, community health centers, primary care providers, schools, community-based organizations, and other types of organizations)
  • 5A5. Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community (e.g., participates in committees, shares data and information, connects people resources)
  • 5A9.Informs the public about policies, programs, and resources that improve health in a community

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

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Creation and/or update

June 18, 2014

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