Since the pandemic began, the vast amount of online information has been difficult to filter. We all seek “just the facts” but opinions win our attention (and are rewarded with clicks). Unfortunately, the most reliable sources are often the least visited, so they fall to the bottom of any google search.
In light of all that, I’ve recently had the privilege of helping the California Department of Public Health on projects that have allowed me to work with scientists – like epidemiologists, clinicians, and local health care educators – to translate their needs into new processes and systems. Whether it be a new disease surveillance system, or a website dedicated to reproductive health, what has impressed me most has been the open collaboration among scientific and lay people, with the singular goal to protect the health of our citizens.
The concept of “scientific communication” was a growing field of study before the pandemic and has become more important than ever. There are many influencers, like Alan Alda, who are working hard to turn the tide nationally. At the state level, I’m pleased to play a small part in clearly communicating scientific facts.