Guest book post on Peter Sandman’s Official Website

Recently I asked Dr. Peter Sandman about his legacy.  He has changed the risk communication world with his risk equation (Risk = Hazard + Outrage).  See my guest book post asking about his legacy.

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My philosophy on communicating emergency preparedness information with diverse populations

Since this my first blog post, I thought it would be fitting to talk about my philosophy on communicating emergency preparedness information.  Where I want to focus is on diverse populations.  Many who perform risk communication for public health have a charge from the CDC to reach out to diverse populations (CDC, 2011). One type of diverse population is those who are immigrants or refugees from other countries making the United States their home.  There are many who feel that those who come to the US from another country should be following the American culture without any assistance.  However, in public health it is our job to make sure everyone’s health is protected.  Every day, many in public health are reaching out to their communities of immigrants and refugees to learn more, with mixed success.

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Welcome

Welcome to my home page.  This is the place where I will post all of my career happenings.  I am a researcher and communicator and my goal is to bring emergency preparedness information to everyone.  By everyone I mean every diverse population and functional need group, not just the folks who can get to this information easily.  My research focuses on getting deep down into how different groups perceive risks and hazard differently.  What works for one group, may not work for another.  I have developed my own interview tool influenced by the works of Dr. Peter Sandman and Dr. Collins O.Airhihenbuwa.  My unique tool measures perception of hazards and the cultural factors that influence them.  The tool is part of my dissertation work which can be accessed at the Walden University Dissertation Site.

Take a few minutes to explore the site.  If you have questions, feel free to contact me.