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University of Iowa News Release

May 8, 2003

Presentation To Focus On Risk Communication May 15

Kevin Teale, communications director for the Iowa Department of Public Health, will present a free program, "Risk Communication: Lessons from the Field," from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 15 in Room 20 of the Nursing Building on the University of Iowa campus. The program will also be broadcast live over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) and via streaming video on the web.

Teale will provide an overview of risk communication, discuss ways of planning and implementing a risk communication plan, as well as provide information that will allow an individual, stakeholder or entire community to make the best possible decision during a crisis situation. He will also touch on efforts underway to increase the level of knowledge of risk communication methods and practices in Iowa's public health and medical communities.

The program is especially timely as new health concerns, such as bioterrorism and SARS, cause people to ask whether they are at risk and what they can do to protect themselves. Also, authorities must be prepared to effectively communicate information regarding risks to the public and the media.

The program is part of the spring 2003 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP). Advanced registration is requested and may be completed online at Links to the live Web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's Web site.

Since 1993 Teale has served as the communications director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, where he is responsible for media relations, marketing of health promotion messages, and print and video production. He has conducted media training and marketing workshops across the country and has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on emergency risk communication procedures. He holds a bachelor's degree from Bradley University in broadcast journalism and broadcast management and a master's degree from the University of Illinois-Springfield in public affairs reporting.

The presentation is sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness, based in the UI College of Public Health, and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies. The ICPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health.

For more information about the Grand Rounds series, contact Jörg Westermann, Ph.D., director of continuing education in the Iowa Center for Public Health Practice, at (319) 384-4294 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT(S): Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,