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How ORISE is Making a Difference

Health communication specialists at ORISE help federal agencies get their key messages across to the public

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The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is helping improve our nation’s health by developing innovative health communication and training for industry professionals and the public.

From evidence-based communication and social marketing to specialized training and media analysis, ORISE is addressing a variety of health topics by partnering with government agencies to make a positive difference in human health. ORISE focuses its health communication and training efforts on consumer health, occupational health, school health and environmental health topics, including infectious diseases and biological threats.

A few examples of ORISE’s work to improve lives include:


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“Can I Eat This?” mobile app wins Award of Excellence

Mobile app designed by ORISE staff for the Travelers’ Health Branch of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention received an Award of Excellence from the National Association of Government Communicators.

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CDC, ORISE and NACCHO collaborate on guide for shelters

The CDC Radiation Studies Branch teamed with ORISE and the National Association of County and City Health Officials to develop a guide that identifies radiation-specific considerations for shelter operations.

Training Tools for Healthy Schools

CDC gains wider audience through e-learning developed by ORAU

ORAU/ORISE is assisting the CDC with conversion of existing instructor-led training into an e-learning series that will help the School Health Branch widen its reach and increase exposure to CDC-developed tools designed to promote student health and academic success.

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ORISE to support CDC infectious disease initiative

ORISE will design and carry out a needs assessment plan for the CDC's Advanced Molecular Detection and Response to Infectious Disease Outbreaks (AMD) initiative.

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ORISE Supports CDC's Know:BRCA Education Initiative

The CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control and Bright Pink received crucial support from ORISE in the development of the Know:BRCA clinical decision support tool that collects a detailed personal and family history of breast and ovarian cancer.

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CDC Travelers' Health Team Receives Innovation Award for Website Redesign

ORISE served as lead redesign contractor on Travelers' Health website, which has received the CDC Director's Award for Innovation.

"Can I Eat This" app

CDC Travelers’ Health Mobile App, Designed by ORISE, Gains Attention on Multiple Websites

ORISE worked with the CDC’s Travelers’ Health Branch to develop an app to help travelers make safe food and drink choices while traveling internationally. The app is available in both iOS and Android versions.

Collaboration with the CDC yields Radiation Basics Training

Radiation Basics Made Simple, the first in a series of online training modules developed by the Radiation Studies Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, delivers foundational knowledge about radiation.

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Partnership with NLM to Develop E-learning Courses

ORAU assisted the Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division of the National Library of Medicine to make the seamless transition from traditional, in-person instruction to Web-based, self-paced training.

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ORAU Assists CDC in National HPV Immunization Campaign

ORAU and its partner Mediassociates made extensive use of digital media advertisements on targeted websites and social media channels to assist the CDC in its national HPV immunization campaign.

Emergency preparedness

NHSPI™ Provides a Snapshot of Health Security Preparedness

ORAU assisted with the development of the National Health Security Preparedness Index™, which measures and advance the nation’s readiness to protect people during a disaster.

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Message Testing for a Nuclear Detonation

To help prepare our nation for the possibility of a radiological emergency, ORAU supports The Nuclear Detonation Response Communications Work Group.

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Nurse Triage Lines Support

The CDC Influenza Coordination Unit recently won the 2012 Annual Public Health Policy Competition for a proposal to explore the use of nurse triage lines during an influenza pandemic.

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Virtual Community Reception Center

Following a mass casualty radiation emergency, public health professionals engage in population monitoring that is often conducted in community reception centers, or CRCs, but unfortunately, many public health departments are not yet prepared to conduct CRC operations.