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Health Communication

For a Special Issue on

World Health Organization's Risk Communication and Community Engagement Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Manuscript deadline
23 April 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Matthew Seeger, Wayne State University
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Timothy Sellnow, University of Central Florida
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World Health Organization's Risk Communication and Community Engagement Lessons Learned from COVID-19

  • Documenting the COVID-19 experiences of WHO RCCE personnel is essential for both the researcher and practitioner communities.
  • A retrospect lessons learned approach helps organizations make the kinds of strategic adjustments necessary to improve planning and practice in anticipation of future events.
  • For the research community, reports on the experiences of key communication personnel can help focus the research agenda by pointing to issues and problems that need investigation.
  • While much has been written about COVID-19, no research publications have focused on the experiences of front line RCCE personnel.
  • Findings from emergency response assessments, including lessons learned and best practices, can help develop knowledge and inform future action in the field of emergency preparedness and response. Having an improved understanding of what works and what doesn’t, contributes to risk reduction, better readiness, recovery and resilience building.
  • This publication seeks to disseminate RCCE COVID-19 response learnings and best practices, to significantly contribute to the growing evidence base of generalizable knowledge needed to inform and improve practice as well capacity building activities for effective crisis and emergency management.

Submission Instructions

This special issues invites manuscripts from RCCE practitioners and reserchers investigating and critiquing WHO's response to COVID-19. WHO was at the forefront of emergency response efforts for COVID-19. Risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) is a core emergency response capacity required for knowledge translation and dissemination to promote appropriate risk awareness and uptake of live-saving interventions during emergencies.

This special issue of Health Communication seeks to disseminate RCCE COVID-19 response learnings and best practices, to significantly contribute to the growing evidence base of generalizable knowledge needed to inform and improve practice as well capacity building activities for effective crisis and emergency management. Findings from emergency response assessments, including lessons learned and best practices, can help develop knowledge and inform future action in the field of emergency preparedness and response as well as inform the research agenda.

This publication seeks work on the six global WHO regions, the processes used in response, channels and messages, the coordination between response agencies, infodemic management, diverse audiences, the process of after-action reviews, and overall assessment.  The special issue is especially interested in practitioner experiences and insights.

Submissions should be from 5000-7000 words.  Submission deadline is April 19 with and expected publication of Fall 2024.

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