The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs has created a one-stop shop for the latest social and behavior change communication resources available on the novel coronavirus COVID-19, which has been spreading across the globe since December. CCP is based at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
A new “trending topic” on the Breakthrough ACTION-funded Compass website, which curates SBCC — social and behavior change communication — tools on a wide variety of topics, includes a comprehensive collection of information that can be used to provide communities across the world with timely and actionable health information, so that people know how to protect themselves and stay healthy.
It also includes links to the latest research and guidance from World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and addresses dealing with misinformation and rumors, avoiding stigma, and helpful advice for preparing for and responding to outbreaks in countries, even in places where it has yet to be reported.
Recent advice from WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes promotion of improved hygiene practices, especially in countries where outbreaks have occurred; maintaining social distancing; ensuring public availability of the most current and accurate information; active correction of misinformation; and elimination of stigma. These are all topics that SBCC professionals are well positioned to address.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 20