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Breakout A - KEYNOTE I -Risk Communication in the Time of COVID-19: Where Digital Succeeds... and Fails

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Risk Communication in the Time of COVID-19:  Where Digital Succeeds... and Fails 

Scott C. Ratzan


Scott C. Ratzan is a pioneer in the areas of health communication, health literacy and strategic diplomacy. As CUNY SPH, Dr. Ratzan has helped develop the first fully online masters program in "Health Communication for Social Change" scheduled to begin in Fall 2020. He recently was Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School where he developed Guiding Principles for Multisector Engagement for Sustainable Health.

Dr. Ratzan is considered one of leading voices in health literacy and mobile health communication. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. He is also a Member of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Infectious Disease; RAND Health Advisory Board; Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health Advisory Board. Vice-Chair, Health Business Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. Adjunct Professor at Columbia Univ. Mailman School of Public Health. Appointments at Tufts Univ. School of Medicine and George Washington Univ. School of Public Health and Health Services.

John P. Allegrante, PhD (Moderator)

Professor of Health Education, Teachers College, and Adjunct Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and Editor Emeritus, Health Education & Behavior (Summit Program Co-chair)

Dr. Allegrante is an applied behavioral scientist whose research focuses on health behavior, behavioral self-management, and health outcomes in chronic disease. He has conducted programs of NIH-funded research to investigate new approaches to understanding, predicting, and intervening on the barriers and facilitators of behavioral self-management of chronic disease. He is former SOPHE President and editor emeritus of SOPHE's journal, Health Education & Behavior.


Breakout A - KEYNOTE I -Risk Communication in the Time of COVID-19: Where Digital Suceeds... and Fails
06/01/2020 at 2:45 PM (EDT)   |  30 minutes
06/01/2020 at 2:45 PM (EDT)   |  30 minutes The COVID-19 pandemic is driving the rapid adoption of digital technologies and ways of working across every sector of society, including health care, public health, and health promotion. This presentation will address how well we have responded to the new reality of working and communicating via digital avenues and how we must adapt and innovate to the new “norm” in COVID-19 recovery.