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Sharing Research With Community Partners

The Northwest Emergency Response Research Center (NWPERRC) will hold a symposium to present, discuss, and demonstrate results from five years of research on October 25, 2013.

The Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NWPERRC) hosts an event to discuss results from five years of research.

October 2, 2013

On Friday, October 25, 2013, the Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NWPERRC) housed at NWCPHP will hold a symposium to present, discuss, and demonstrate results from five years of research on public health emergency communication.

Community partners have played a vital role in this research, and through the years, strong working relationships with public health agencies and community based organizations have been critical to the success of the research projects.

These practice partners are invited to attend the meeting along with other representatives from state, local and tribal health and from community based organizations.

Beryl Schulman, Research Coordinator for NWPERRC says, “When we began planning this event, we wanted to circle back to our research partners and share with them the results of our work. Sometimes researchers are seen as taking from the community and not giving back. We wanted to make sure that our partners benefited from helping us.”

Research conducted through NWPERRC investigated overlapping dimensions of emergency preparedness communication, including technical, physical, and social characteristics of systems for communicating with vulnerable populations and with health care providers. Researchers are pleased that this research has generated evidence, recommendations, and tools to improve public health communication systems for emergency preparedness and response. It is these results and their practical applications that will be featured at the upcoming symposium.

Schulman says, “Researchers are excited about continuing to conduct research on emergency communication that will generate further information useful to the public health practice community in communicating effectively before, during, and after emergency events.”

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