The spread of misinformation about COVID-19 has in many ways paralleled the spread of the novel coronavirus. Misinformation travels through social media networks, insidiously leading to people making health decisions, sometimes fatal ones, based on incorrect information. Unfortunately, similar to there being no current treatment or cure for COVID-19, there remain no clear methods for combating misinformation.
Because of misinformation, beliefs about COVID-19 vary widely and often stray far from the truth. Never has the relationship between health literacy and media literacy been so visible and complicated, and at the center of the entanglement lies a challenging question: How can we all—health professionals and lay people alike—disseminate correct information about COVID-19 in ways that will be heard and accepted by people with competing beliefs derived from misinformation?
Join us as we discuss strategies, struggles and stories around communicating COVID information.
The event is free and open to all and will be broadcast live on YouTube. No registration required. For questions or accommodations, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at email@example.com.
Watch the Event
A recording of the event is available on the VCU Libraries YouTube channel.
- Jeanine Guidry, Ph.D., VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture, Director, Media+Health Lab
Tamera Langhorne, MBA, Community Health Worker, VCU Health Hub at 25th
- Natalie Pennywell, MPH, CHES, Director, VCU Health Hub at 25th
- Antonio Villa Payares, MD, MPH, LCS, La Casa De La Salud, Executive Director and Founder
- Facilitators: Dana L. Ladd, Ph.D. and Oscar Keyes
Consult a Librarian
The VCU Medical Center Health and Wellness Library, located on the ground floor of the VCU Medical Center's Gateway Building, is a consumer health library designed to help patients, their families and the community get correct, up-to-date health information.
Call (804) 828-2432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help finding the latest information about COVID-19. Or consult this online guide developed by the Health and Wellness Librarian.