Responding to the Infodemic: Managing Online Health Misinformation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 5, 2021 | ANC Professional Development, Anchorage Event, Event, Fairbanks, FBX Professional Development, Professional Development

Presented by: The Alaska Public Health Information Response Team
Date: April 21, 2021
Time: 12-1 p.m.

In the fall of 2020, the Alaska Public Health Response Team was assembled to counter misinformation about COVID-19 circulating on social media sites in Alaska. The team is a collaboration between the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Public Health Association. UAA students monitor sites for misinformation and response team members who are health professionals, respond by providing factual information and promoting the use of credible sources.  Learn how these efforts are educating Alaskans on the COVID-19 pandemic, gain insights into using social media to respond to misinformation, and hear some of the lessons learned by the team along the way.

Jennifer Meyer, PhD, MPH, CPH, RN
Assistant Professor of Public Health Division of Population Health Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage

Thomas Hennessy, MD, MPH
Medical Doctor and Infectious Disease Epidemiologist Advisor on COVID-19 response to the University of Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage

Joy Chavez Mapaye, PhD
Professor and Department Chair Journalism and Public Communications, University of Alaska Anchorage

The Alaska Public Health Information Response Team is a group of public health/healthcare professionals, scientists, researchers, educators, and students dedicated to stopping the spread of health misinformation online. The effort is a collaboration with the Alaska Public Health Association and the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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