How ORISE is Making a Difference
Health communication specialists at ORISE help federal agencies get their key messages across to the public
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ORISE served as lead redesign contractor on Travelers' Health website, which has received the CDC Director's Award for Innovation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To help prepare our nation for the possibility of a radiological emergency, ORAU supports The Nuclear Detonation Response Communications Work Group.
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.
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.