In August 2019, Dr. Monica Ramirez-Andreotta presented a poster, “Communicating the Environmental Health Risk Assessment Process: Formative Evaluation and Increasing Comprehension through Visual Design,” at the 13th Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media, sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition [link to: nphic.org], in Atlanta.
The poster highlighted research results regarding the preparation and design of a community factsheet, “Understanding Environmental Health Risk Assessment” (available below in English and Spanish).
A formative evaluation approach was used with a set of representative users from rural and urban neighborhoods that neighbor federal Superfund sites to determine the functionality and accessibility of information. In addition to providing best practices for environmental health information design, this study highlights how participatory design and formative evaluation can provide a platform that supports a cultural model of risk communication.
Conference attendees were public health researchers and practitioners from federal and state government agencies as well as the private sector and academia. This conference provided a forum for dialogue within and across communication, marketing and media disciplines and stakeholder groups.
“This was my first time at a health communication conference, and I am so glad I attended! It was wonderful to learn from Center for Disease Control health communicators and hear about their challenges and triumphs,” said Ramirez-Andreotta.
Understanding Environmental Health Risk Assessment Downloadable PDF
Link to publication: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13669877.2019.1628098