How ORISE is Making a Difference
Health communication specialists at ORISE help federal agencies get their key messages across to the public
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is helping improve our nation’s health by developing innovative health communication and training for industry professionals and the public.
From evidence-based communication and social marketing to specialized training and media analysis, ORISE is addressing a variety of health topics by partnering with government agencies to make a positive difference in human health. ORISE focuses its health communication and training efforts on consumer health, occupational health, school health and environmental health topics, including infectious diseases and biological threats.
A few examples of ORISE’s work to improve lives include:
ORISE worked with the CDC’s Travelers’ Health Branch to develop an app to help travelers make safe food and drink choices while traveling internationally. The app is available in both iOS and Android versions.
Radiation Basics Made Simple, the first in a series of online training modules developed by the Radiation Studies Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, delivers foundational knowledge about radiation.
ORAU assisted the Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division of the National Library of Medicine to make the seamless transition from traditional, in-person instruction to Web-based, self-paced training.
ORAU and its partner Mediassociates made extensive use of digital media advertisements on targeted websites and social media channels to assist the CDC in its national HPV immunization campaign.
ORAU assisted with the development of the National Health Security Preparedness Index™, which measures and advance the nation’s readiness to protect people during a disaster.
To help prepare our nation for the possibility of a radiological emergency, ORAU supports The Nuclear Detonation Response Communications Work Group.
The CDC Influenza Coordination Unit recently won the 2012 Annual Public Health Policy Competition for a proposal to explore the use of nurse triage lines during an influenza pandemic.
Following a mass casualty radiation emergency, public health professionals engage in population monitoring that is often conducted in community reception centers, or CRCs, but unfortunately, many public health departments are not yet prepared to conduct CRC operations.
ORISE maintained a key role in helping the CDC get the good-health message out to travelers throughout the United States and beyond through the award-winning Travelers’ Health flu prevention campaign.
For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, ORISE has developed training materials to prepare the international community to respond to an influenza pandemic.
ORISE assisted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by developing a training program to prepare clinicians to respond locally to mass casualties with potential radiological injuries.