The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is having a webinar on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 2 p.m. EST that is free to the public where bioterrorism experts will discuss results from a public opinion poll on how Americans would react to the potential release of anthrax spores in an unidentified area. The purpose of the discussion is for government officials to plan for an effective response to bioterrorism while taking into account the public’s viewpoint, their threat perceptions and intended behaviors.
The one hour event will feature presentations Dr. Gillian SteelFisher from the Harvard Opinion Research Program at the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Laura Ross from the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the CDC. Participants in the program should expect to understand at the webinar’s conclusion three important things, according to the CDC website:
1) the process used by HORP for public opinion polling last December 2012-January 2013,
2) planning strategies emergency response planners can use to encourage adoption of recommended behaviors during a medical countermeasure response, and
3) how different ethnic and racial minority groups may perceive potential threats differently and how to better foster communication and understanding in these communities.
Here is the link to sign up for free in case you are interested…https://www.mymeetings.com/emeet/join/index.jsp?customHeader=mymeetings&netId=PW1019513&netPass=8674163&netType=conference&acceptTerms=on. You can also attend via conference call by dialing 888-233-9077 and using passcode 8674163.