Communication Resources for Health Departments
For Public Information Officers (PIOs) and other health department and public health professionals
CDC is reviewing this page to align with updated guidance.
Social media messaging and fact sheets you can use to communicate about COVID-19 testing in your community.
Find toolkits on a variety of topics to help you successfully communicate with your audiences.
Crisis & Emergency Communication (CERC) includes free and downloadable resources to help prepare communication plans for use during a crisis.
State, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) public health departments can access free CDC tools and resources, including design templates, matte articles, podcasts, medical illustrations, and videos. Registration is required.
This toolkit aims to help health departments prevent the spread of COVID-19 at multi-day events that are expected to draw large numbers of people. It includes checklists, resources, and a case study that state and local health departments, event planners, vendors, and other partners can use to anticipate and plan for some of the challenges they could encounter.
File Details: 1.3 MB, 11 pages
Race to End COVID events are community-based COVID-19 testing and vaccination events at racetracks. These events encourage participation by offering an incentive, namely the chance for participants to drive their own car around the track.
File Details: 4 MB, 29 pages
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
- Strategies for Managing and Streamlining COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Strategies for state and territorial health agency leadership and recent state policy actions.
- Leading with Transparency
Guidance to leaders in creating a culture of transparency during times of crisis.
- Modeling Strategies for COVID-19 Interventions
Video of ASTHO’s Chief Medical Officer speaking with former commissioner of the New York Department of Health, about modeling and its use during COVID-19. Discussion also centers on limitations with models, what types of data may be included, and some important considerations in choosing a model.
- COVID-19: Simple Answers to Top Questions
Risk communication field guide questions and key messages.
Resolve to Save Lives
- COVID-19 Bibliography [XLS – 179 KB]
A listing of selected coronavirus publications with links to original articles.