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Conference to teach communication skills for times of crisis and risk

In addition to throwing communities into potential tumult, crises also often throw the spotlight onto health professionals—whether they are ready for it or not.

These potentially career-defining moments lead to the need for effective and timely communication to the general public. To ensure readiness for such times, the School of Public Health is holding a crisis and risk communication workshop on March 14 and 15.

The conference will bring together health professionals from a broad spectrum of public and private service delivery providers. Participants will be provided with skills and tools necessary to anticipate and manage emergency communications and to contribute to an overall emergency response effort.

The conference is designed to train a wide spectrum of professionals: environmental and public health professionals, physicians, nurses, industrial hygienists, emergency service providers, hospital administrators, information officers, preparedness professionals, and students.

Continuing education is available for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and health educators. The conference also counts toward industrial hygiene certification maintenance points.

The conference will be held on the Loma Linda University campus in Wong Kerlee International Conference Center from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

The cost for both days is $245 for professionals, $50 for students, and $150 per person in organizational groups of five or more.

Please contact Venice Brown in the SPH office of continuing professional education with any questions on this or upcoming seminars.

She can be reached at (909) 558-4595, (800) 854-5661, or <vbrown@llu.edu>.

TODAY news for Thursday, February 23, 2006