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Introduction To Risk Communication


In this presentation, Dr. Parker examines the different factors that affect both how to discuss disasters with people and how that information is processed.

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Topic 1: Introduction to Risk Communication

  • Part 1: What About Panic?
  • Part 2: Negative Dominance
  • Part 3: Trust Determination
  • Part 4: Mental Noise


Cindy ParkerDr. Parker is a training specialist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness and holds a faculty appointment as research associate in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In her position as training specialist for the Center, Dr. Parker has focused on risk communication during a disaster, providing risk communication training to such diverse groups as the Baltimore Hospital Association, Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers and multiple county health departments in the Mid-Atlantic region. She also works with health departments and other facets of the public health workforce throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to develop curriculum and provide training in disaster preparedness.

Prior to her position at the Center, Dr. Parker was the environmental health consultant to Physicians for Social Responsibility, where she provided expertise on risk communication of environmental health issues to physicians, policy makers, the media and the general public. She also provided risk communication and environmental health expertise to the Hopkins Program on Health Effects of Global Environmental Change in developing an interactive children’s website.

Dr. Parker received her MD from the University of Arizona and her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is board-certified in both Family Practice and Preventive Medicine.

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