Health Risk Communication Annotated Bibliography

The following resources were used to write content about health risk communication:

  • Seeger, Matthew.  “Best Practices in Crisis Communication: An Expert Panel Process.” Journal of Applied Communication Research 34:3 (2006): 232-244. DelCat. Web. 1 March 2010.
    In order to distinguish between risk communication and crisis communication a section from this article was chosen to distinguish between the two.
  • Lundgren, Regina E. and Andrea H. McMakin.  Risk Communication: A Handbook for Communicating Environmental, Safety, and Health Risks. Columbus, Ohio: Battelle Press, 2004. Print.
    This book outlines how to lawfully convey environmental, safety, and health risks to the public. It shows how organizations handle health risks (H1N1, tobacco use, STD’s, etc.) and whether they are being dealt with appropriately or not.
  • National Research Council. Improving Risk Communication. Washington, DC: National Academy, 1989. Print.
    Another book goes in depth about risk communication as a whole; it notes the differences between hazards and risks and where risk communication is used, i.e. on controversial issues such as smoking. It also mentions achieving balance in your message; did you or did you not go too far? It also discusses legal issues, as well as informed consent and the right-to-know. Content of messages, as well as relationship with media is also discussed. 
  • Johnson, Ph.D, Barry. “Health Risk Communication Primer: Preface | ATSDR.” ATSDR Home. US Department of Health and Human Services. Web. 05 Mar. 2010.    <>.
    The purpose of this Primer is to provide a framework of principles and approaches for the communications of health risk information to diverse audiences. The Primer begins with brief descriptive material about the mission of ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) and the importance of local community involvement in the health risk communication process.
  • “WHO | Risk Communication.” World Health Organization (WHO), 2010. Web. 04 Mar. 2010. <>.
    The World Health Organization deals with these risk situations daily. It only seems logical to include them in our analysis. This article basically outlines what WHO thinks people should be warned about, i.e. foodborne disease, chemical risks, microbiological risks, etc.