Webinar: Health Literacy - Component of Risk Communication

When:  Aug 18, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM (PT)

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Marti Lindsey, Ph.D.

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Ben Richmond M.A.


Will describe Health Literacy as an essential component of Risk Communication, Will describe twelve features of environmental health literacy, which promote action on risk communication messages and stress how a person can protect themselves, their family and their community. Important topics to be discussed are understanding the health literacy levels of your audience, applying that understanding to developing messages, the issue of risk perception and the importance of using Plain Language in developing those messages. The concepts will be discussed in the context of a protocol for developing risk communication messages based on research conducted over the past three years.


  • After attending this session, attendees will be able to describe the connection between Health Literacy and Risk Communication
  • After attending this session, attendees will be able to use the protocol presented to create messages and materials in their work situations
  • After attending this session, attendees will be able to discuss risk perception, plain language, and risk communication


About the Speakers:

Marti Lindsey, PhD, was appointed Community Engagement Director in 2002. Her dissertation, “Implications of Literacy Related to Comprehension of Environmental Health Print Materials”, involved testing for comprehension of materials at 7th and 12th grade levels. Findings indicated that, given a choice, participants who were able to comprehend 12th grade materials would not voluntarily choose them, rather would choose the simple materials. Her current research focuses on environmental health literacy, risk and safety communication and education.

Ben Richmond is the Assistant Director of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center’s Community Engagement Core. He has worked on a variety of projects and programs related to environmental health literacy, risk communication, and communicating complex environmental health research to the public. Specifically, these research projects aim to learn the ways in which individuals understand how the environment affects their health as well as how individuals best receive information related to environmental health.

Earn Continuing Education Hours

CHES/MCHES: Sponsored by (Institute for Healthcare Advancement), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc, this webinar is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 0. Provider ID#: 101864

CPH: This activity is approved for 1 credit accepted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) recertification program.

CA Nursing: Institute for Healthcare Advancement is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 11933, for 1.0 contact hour.

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