© 1989

Effective Risk Communication

The Role and Responsibility of Government and Nongovernment Organizations

  • Vincent T. Covello
  • David B. McCallum
  • Maria T. Pavlova

Part of the Contemporary Issues in Risk Analysis book series (CIRA, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Vincent T. Covello, David B. McCallum, Maria Pavlova
      Pages 3-16
  3. Perspectives on Government Risk Communication

  4. Government Risk Communication Programs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Frederick W. Allen
      Pages 53-61
    3. Barry L. Johnson
      Pages 63-66
    4. Robert J. Scheuplein
      Pages 67-71
    5. Peter D. Galbraith
      Pages 73-75
  5. Case Studies of Government Risk Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. James R. Marshall
      Pages 91-94
    3. Raymond R. Neutra
      Pages 95-99
    4. Allan D. Franks
      Pages 101-103

About this book


One of the greatest challenges facing those concerned with health and environmental risks is how to carry on a useful public dialogue on these subjects. In a democracy, it is the public that ultimately makes the key decisions on how these risks will be controlled. The stakes are too high for us not to do our very best. The importance of this subject is what led the Task Force on Environmental Cancer and Heart and Lung Disease to establish an Interagency Group on Public Education and Communication. This volume captures the essence of the "Workshop on the Role of Government in Health Risk Communication and Public Education" held in January 1987. It also includes some valuable appendixes with practical guides to risk communication. As such, it is an important building block in the effort to improve our collective ability to carry on this critical public dialogue. Lee M. Thomas Administrator, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Chairman, The Task Force on Environmental Cancer and Heart and Lung Disease Preface The Task Force on Environmental Cancer and Heart and Lung Disease is an interagency group established by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977 (P.L. 95-95). Congress mandated the Task Force to recommend research to determine the relationship between environmental pollutants and human disease and to recommend research aimed at reduc­ ing the incidence of environment-related disease. The Task Force's Project Group on Public Education and Communication focuses on education as a means of reducing or preventing disease.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Vincent T. Covello
    • 1
  • David B. McCallum
    • 2
  • Maria T. Pavlova
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Risk Communication, Division of Environmental Sciences, School of Public HealthColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.The Institute for Health Policy AnalysisGeorgetown University Medical CenterUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyRegion II, New YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Effective Risk Communication
  • Book Subtitle The Role and Responsibility of Government and Nongovernment Organizations
  • Editors V.T. Covello
    David B. McCallum
    Maria T. Pavlova
  • Series Title Contemporary Issues in Risk Analysis
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-43075-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-306-48497-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4613-1569-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 370
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Environmental Management
    Social Sciences, general
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