Risk Communication for Special Populations

Vulnerable Populations
Online Course
1 hour
University of Iowa
Upper Midwest PERLC

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Recent events have shown the need to reach everyone in the community, including those outside of the mainstream. Must define these groups, locate them and ascertain how best to communicate with them. Some regions have done more on this than others. In wide-spread emergencies public health efforts must be inclusive. The goal is to make sure every member of the community understands the information needed to prepare, cope and recover from health emergencies. This specialized course is intended for anyone responsible for communicating risk to special populations during an emergency situation. Note: A basic understanding of the principles of risk communication a prerequisite for this course. For those who do not have this prerequisite knowledge, NPHA Program: Risk Communication on the Prepare Iowa LMS will provide it.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe four general strategies to effectively communicate risk to special populations
  • Describe methods to identify and map special population groups and explain why it is important
  • Utilize community leaders to assist in communicating risk to special populations
  • Conduct pre-emergency planning to facilitate communicating risk to special populations
  • Describe guidelines for media accessibility
  • Utilize the following information about each of nine special population groups to avoid and/or solve communication problems during an emergency
PHEP Capabilities: 
Information Sharing
Community Recovery
Emergency Public Information and Warning
Community Preparedness