Radiation Risk Communication for Public Health


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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Radiation Risk Communication for Public Health training highlights basic radiation concepts, and several communication resources and lessons learned that can help professionals involved in emergency response prepare for and deliver clear messages during a radiological or nuclear disaster. It also highlights several myths and misunderstandings related to radiation exposure and contamination.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to:

  1. List the six Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) principles that contribute to effective communication and messaging.
  2. Describe basic radiation concepts and how they affect communication during radiation emergencies.
  3. Identify 1 radiation myth that could result in confusing communication messages during a radiation emergency.
  4. Describe 1 lesson learned from radiation communication research.
  5. Identify 1 – 2 CDC resources that can help assure clear messaging in a radiation emergency.
  6. Describe one way that this educational activity will improve my contribution as a team member.


Vivi Siegel, MPH, Associate Director for Communications, Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice, NCEH, CDC

ORIGINATION DATE: March 15, 2021

EXPIRATION DATE: March 15, 2023        

URL: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/emergencies/cerc-videos.htm

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE: Computer Hardware; Internet connection; Browser


TARGET AUDIENCE: Public health communicators, Certified Health Educators, Other Health Educators, and Registered Nurses


FORMAT: This training is a web-on-demand.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Radiation Studies Section, (770) 488-3800


Jointly Accredited Provider - Interprofessional Continuing Education

In support of improving patient care, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CNE:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this this activity for 1.0 nursing contact hours.

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1.0 CPH recertification credits for this program.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, content experts, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Oak Ridge Associated Universities are jointly providing the CNE for this activity.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

In order to receive continuing education (CE) for WD4239 – Radiation Risk Communication for Public Health, please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before March 1, 2023.

Complete the activity
Complete the Evaluation at www.cdc.gov/GetCE
Pass the posttest at 80% at www.cdc.gov/GetCE

FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

Page last reviewed: March 17, 2021
Content source: National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Emergency Management, Radiation, and Chemical Branch