Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn Biomedical Science Policy Group

Forum on Epidemic Preparedness

When: November 4th, 2015


Where: Penn Bookstore Events Room, 3601 Walnut Street

The Penn chapter of ELISS and PSPG are collaborating to hold an open door forum to find ways to develop effective channels to manage trust, fear, and accurate communication during epidemics in the age of digital communication. A group of expert panelists will be joined by a moderator in an event open to the community in order to bring all relevant stakeholders into the discussion.

Is Philadelphia prepared for the next epidemic?

The vaccination crisis and the Ebola episode have shed light on how digital communication and social media provide extremely effective ways to communicate quickly about epidemics, but can also generate confusion, fear and mistrust. Stakeholders involved in communicating on epidemics preparedness need to find effective ways of communicating accurate information in their local communities in a context where social media are often quicker than institutional communication. This forum will aim to facilitate open discussion to generate collaborative ideas on this topic.

This event will be live streamed, and viewers can tweet comments and questions with #EpidemicPhilly