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COVID-19 Information Dissemination (ID) Project

During the COVID-19 pandemic we worked in partnership with FactCheckNI to deliver the COVID-19 Information Dissemination (ID) project. The aim of the project was to improve people’s health literacy about COVID-19 by providing accurate and up-to-date information to increase knowledge, understanding and confidence and enable people to make good health decisions.   The work of the Project is outlined below:   

 

Fact-checked articles

Working with FactcheckNI we produced several fact-checked articles on relevant issues and topics of interest.  We regularly update the articles as new information becomes available and as changes are announced by NI Executive about COVID-19 Guidance and Regulations.  You can read all our articles here.

 

A-Z Guide of COVID-19 Words and Terms

The language of COVID-19 can be confusing with many new words and terms being used that we may never have seen or heard before.  To support people's understanding and improve health literacy in relation to COVID-19 we compiled an A-Z glossary of COVID-19 words and terms with plain English explanations.  We regularly update the guide with new words and terms and links to official information and guidance.  Find it here.

 

Disseminating Official Information

CDHN is viewed as a trusted and respected source of information by our extensive membership base.  Building on our existing relationships with Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), Public Health Agency (PHA) Department of Health (DoH) and the five Health and Social Care Trusts we worked together to provide timely and accurate information in relation to COVID-19. 
 
We used our existing networks, social media platforms and communication channels (website, ezine) to share important public health information and guidance.  We continue to post official and fact-checked information from our Facebook page and Twitter pages, please like and share our posts.  

 

Identifying gaps in information for people in communities and counteracting misinformation

Using our close links with communities and seeking people's views and experiences we identified what information was most relevant to people in relation to COVID-19, where gaps existed, or misinformation was taking place.  We used this information to help inform and shape our work and support the work of HSCB in promoting relevant public health messages and information.   
 
If you would like to find out more about the COVID-19 ID Project please email helenmcnamee@cdhn.org or patriciaharte@cdhn.org  or tel 028 3026 4606