Not “if,” but “when” is the reality of emergency preparedness for public health. Whether it’s a disease outbreak such as Ebola, Zika, yellow fever or typhoid or a slow-moving catastrophe like global climate change, governments, donors and implementing partners must move away from a reactive response towards one of preparedness and resilience – with communities at the center.
To that end, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) will hold an event Nov. 10 in Washington, D.C., that focuses on the role of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) in an emergency response. This is the first of three events in HC3’s “Catalyze” series, which are designed to catalyze learning around SBCC in three cross-cutting health areas. The next two events will be in Washington, D.C., in 2017.
A new conceptual model of SBCC’s role during the life cycle of a public health emergency will serve as the topic for moderated discussion led by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs’ Claudia Vondrasek.
- Ketan Chitnis, Communication for Development Specialist, UNICEF
- Issiaga Daffe, Mali Chief of Party, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
- Yvonne MacPherson, USA Director, BBC Media Action
- Danielle Lloyd, Ebola Community Action Platform M&E Manager, Population Services International (Currently with NY State Health Dept).
- Molly Gaines-McCollom, Team Lead, Outreach Team, Emergency Risk Communication Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Following the panel, guests will have the opportunity to comment on the model and other pressing questions in small group discussions.
Due to overwhelming response, registration for this event is closed. Content updates and photos will posted throughout the event via Twitter with the hashtags #BehaviorChange #EmergencyResponse as well as on Facebook. Additionally, sign up to receive post-event updates including the new SBCC in Public Health Emergencies conceptual model by subscribing to this blog.
A designated discussion page on Springboard for Health Communication has been created for updates and post-event conversation.