The Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological Security conducts opinion surveys to assess public knowledge, attitudes, and behavior in response to threats of health and safety emergencies including terrorism / bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases, as well as global climate change and its health consequences. The Project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) to provide CDC and other public officials with technical assistance for public health communication by monitoring the response of the general public to public health threats.
Blendon RJ, Benson JM, DesRoches CM, Lyon-Daniel K, Mitchell EW, Pollard W, “The Public’s Preparedness for Hurricanes in Four Affected Regions.” Public Health Reports, 122(2):167-176, March-April 2007.
Blendon RJ, DesRoches CM, Cetron MS, Benson JM, Meinhardt T, Pollard W, “Attitudes Toward the Use of Quarantine in a Public Health Emergency in Four Countries.” Health Affairs, web exclusive, 25:w15-w25, January 25, 2006.
Taylor-Clark K, Blendon RJ, Zaslavsky A, Benson JM, “Confidence in Crisis? Understanding Trust in Government and Public Attitudes Toward Mandatory State Health Powers.” Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, 3(2):138-147, June 2005.
Blendon RJ, DesRoches CM, Benson JM, Weldon KJ, “Experiences with Obtaining Influenza Vaccination Among Persons in Priority Groups During a Vaccine Shortage — United States, October-November, 2004.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 53(49):1153-1155, December 17, 2004.
Blendon RJ, Benson JM, DesRoches CM, Raleigh E, and Taylor-Clark K, “The Public’s Response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Toronto and the United States.” Clinical Infectious Diseases, 38(7):925-931, April 1, 2004.
Blendon RJ, Benson JM, DesRoches CM, Weldon KJ, “Using Opinion Surveys to Track the Public’s Response to a Bioterrorist Attack.” Journal of Health Communications, 8:83-92, Fall 2003.
Blendon RJ, DesRoches CM, Benson JM, Herrmann MJ, Taylor-Clark K, Weldon KJ, “The Public and the Smallpox Threat.” New England Journal of Medicine, 348(5):426-432, January 30, 2003.
Blendon RJ, Benson JM, DesRoches CM, Pollard WE, Parvanta C, Herrmann MJ, “The Impact of Anthrax Attacks on the American Public.” Medscape General Medicine, 4(2):[online], April 17, 2002.
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