The Center For Disease Control And Prevention

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1. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had many key audiences it was required to communicate with during the Ebola outbreak. Most importantly, the CDC needed to be communicating with employees within the CDC. They needed to be on the same page as to how messages were being released and controlled, as this was a very sensitive subject. Furthermore, it was imperative that heath care providers around the world were receiving appropriate information. U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO) and local and regional public health officials (Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS)) were also key audiences. More specifically, the nurses…show more content…
A common theme found among these two news releases alone is extreme transparency from the CDC beginning on day one. In fact, in the news release that was distributed on Sept. 30, the CDC explicitly states, “We do know how to stop Ebola’s further spread.” This is extremely important because it demonstrates the CDC’s efforts to be forthcoming with information in an effort to put the public at ease. In addition, a news release distributed on Sept. 30 by the DSHS also acknowledged the confirmation of the Ebola diagnosis. Although this release is short, it is to the point, straightforward and honest. I think it was wise of the DSHS to format the news release in bullets because it was easy to read, short and not too detailed. During a crisis like this, the public wants short news releases that are also informational. Another overarching theme throughout the news releases in the first few days was that the CDC was working with Presby, DSHS and Dallas County in unison to conduct a thorough investigation. The Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services also released a statement on Sept. 30 acknowledging that they were aware of the Ebola diagnosis. Already, there were three separate entities releasing valuable information on the same day about the same crisis. I think this speaks
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