its staff recently attended a Public Healthcare - Media Relations Training
sponsored by the IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) Learning
Management Systems. RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall, Health Department Director of
Public Information; Betty McNaught, RN Department Director of Emergency
Services; and Naomi Stahl, Department Administrative Assistant-Human
Resources attended the training held recently in Galesburg.
The training's goal was to give participants strategies and tactics for
handling a variety of media contacts; including the gathering and
verification of information, and the coordination and dissemination of
information to mainstream news reporters during a major incident, including
the use of the Joint Information System and Joint Information Center.
Tucker-Marshall notes, "Through this class we gained insights into the
culture of news media: Who they are, What they do, and Why they do it. The
knowledge we took away from this training covered real-world practical
skills and techniques that will dramatically increase our effectiveness in
dealing with the media."
Tucker-Marshall adds, "Participants attending the media relations
training included: public health professionals; hospital preparedness
program staff; subject matter experts, and public information professionals
For more information on the Emergency Preparedness Program through the
Henry and Stark County Health Departments call the Department at (309)
852-0197 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on
Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.