Recent Work & Highlights

2019

  • Co-facilitated risk communication workshop and dengue epidemic simulation exercise for Pan-American Health Organization’s Caribbean Vector-control Network, Port of Spain, Trinidad, April 2019 – with Philippe Boremanns
  • Co-produced and reported on high-level policy discussion on Vaccines, “Fake News” and the European Elections (https://www.cambre-associates.com/handle-with-care-science-politics-and-vaccines/) for Cambre Associates, Brussels, April 2019
  • Communication Consultant working for WHO Country Office Lao PDR (https://www.who.int/laos) – providing risk communication support and capacity building to Ministry of Health as well as corporate & programme communication to WHO Country Office, Vientiane, Lao PDR June 2019 – 1 January 2020

2018

  • Development of advocacy strategy and materials to encourage investment in health emergency “core capacities” in 15 countries in WHO European Region. This project involved interviewing WHO Representatives and Technical Officers in these countries as well as liaising with Regional Office for Europe.
  • Co-facilitated risk communication workshop and pandemic simulation exercise for Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) at PAHO annual influenza meeting, Washington DC, November 2018
  • At WHO HQ working on projects for WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Geneva, June 2018
  • Spoke in panel session “Research Boundary Spanning: Understanding Crisis Communication Collaborations across Government, Academic, Non-profit, and International Organizations” at International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference 2018, Orlando, Florida, March 2018
  • Continued risk communication consultancy work for WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Geneva (January onwards)

2017

  • Part of facilitation team for WHO/Africa Regional Workshop on Risk Communication during Health Emergencies, Cotonou, Benin, November (read news article )
  • Resource person / facilitator at inaugural pre-deployment training for newly created WHO Network for Social Science Interventions (SocialNet), October 2017
  • Co-facilitated (with Dr Ljubica Latinovic) a two day national workshop for St Lucia and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) on risk communication during pandemics and other health emergencies. At the end of the workshop participants joined a half-day crisis simulation exercise to test St Lucia’s All Hazards Emergency Risk Communiction Guidelines. St Lucia, October 2017
  • Co-facilitated (with Dr Ljubica Latinovic) a two-day inter-active risk communication workshop for vector control officers from Eastern Caribbean countries. This focused in particular on response to / preparedness for Zika outbreaks. Grenada, July 2017

2016

  • Risk Communication Expert on external team for WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) Joint External Evaluations (JEE) of IHR capacity in Jordan (August 2016) and for Somali Republic (October 2016)
  • Project manager, co-facilitator (with John Rainford and Christine “Tiff” Cool) and rapporteur for the Joint ECDC and ASEF workshop How can we be better prepared for the next global health threat?: Planning and Implementing Emergency Risk Communication, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016. This interactive meeting included a crisis simulation exercise.
    Read the meeting report.
  • Underwent pre-deployment training with WHO’s Emergency Communication Network, Switzerland, April 2016

Pre-2016

  • Part of start-up team for European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in 2005. Worked with Founding Director, Zsuzanna Jakab, to rapidly established high profile for this new EU Agency. Started up Public Communication and Media function, including development of Emergency Risk Communication plans and systems, while simultaneously managing ECDC’s communication response to “bird flu” emergency.
  • Member of several expert working groups for World Health Organization (WHO): notably the International Health Regulation Risk Communication Working Group 2008-2010 which reviewed evidence on best practice and produced operational definition of “risk communication”.
  • Responsible for coordination and strategy for ECDC relations with EU Parliament 2010-2015. Helped Director strengthen relationship with Parliament’s Health Committee to protect ECDC’s reputation and budget.

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