Fact vs. Fiction [HRA Members Meeting, Fall 2019]

Public opinion shapes attitudes about science, research funding, and health policy. In a crowded media environment where objectivity and trust cannot be presumed, how can funders and scientists leverage media to improve public health? This panel features two experts working at the intersection of science and communication. Sarah Gollust, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota, examines “processes through which health information gets translated into the media, shapes public attitudes and opinions, and influences the health policy process.” Laura Helmuth, PhD, is the Health, Science and Environment Editor at The Washington Post and has covered health and medical research for more than 20 years. She also has a doctorate degree in cognitive neuroscience.

Joe Cotter
Research Constituent Engagement Manager | American Cancer Society

Sarah Gollust, PhD (Presentation)
Associate Professor, School of Public Health| Univ. of Minnesota

Laura Helmuth, PhD (Presentation)
Health, Science and Environment Editor | The Washington Post