Connie Roser-Renouf has given numerous talks on climate change communication to the EPA, NPS, FWS, NASA, the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the National Association of County & City Health Officials, the National Water Utility Climate Alliance, the California Department of Public Health, the Koshland Museum, and science museums in Norfolk, VA and Minneapolis, MN. She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee to advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program on the National Climate Assessment.
Dan Boileau is a founding member of the Partners Against Lyme and Tick Associated Diseases. Representatives of 33 organizations from 20 states and Canada enthusiastically collaborate at Mason for the first time at the Inaugural Partnership Forum. Representatives explained their organization’s activities supporting patients with tick-borne diseases, detailed what collaborative initiatives interested them most, and provided their ideas on how they hoped to pool and expand their resources to achieve the PAL slogan of “Working Smarter Together Instead of Harder Alone”. The forum concluded with a lively brainstorming session discussing how PAL could best support patients to accomplish change. Asked to identify initiatives, attendees’ highest priorities included education and training, database development and resources, branding, legislation, and funding.
Dr. Carla Fisher initiated a research program on Mother-Daughter Communication and Breast Cancer Coping and Prevention in an effort to gain an understanding of how mothers and daughters can enhance their communication in ways that improve how they adjust to breast cancer and promote better health.
Many faculty within the Communications Department are involved in community-engaged activities including: the Linx Health Conference; the DC Health Communications Conference; the Global Advocacy Leadership Academy which accelerates the development and growth of non-profit and advocacy organizations and their leadership; the Climate Change in the American Mind Series; Perceptions on Climate Change, Energy Choices and Health in Maryland survey and report; Annual Insight Committee Industry Forums, and community activities such as teaching ESL, working with interpretation programs for non-English speaking community members; promoting literacy among prison populations; and promoting health literacy with local municipalities.