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Jody Lanard M.D. is a psychiatrist and risk communication consultant specializing in public health crisis communication planning for disease outbreaks and disasters (natural and intentional). Many of Dr. Lanard’s terrorism and outbreak communication articles, most coauthored with Peter Sandman, can be found at www.psandman.com.
In 2004, Dr. Lanard drafted the background document and preliminary recommendations for WHO’s “Outbreak Communication Guidelines”, which were finalized and endorsed by Member States in early 2005.
Dr. Lanard sees the public as more resilient than many officials realize. She urges officials to base communications policy on candor; early public involvement; sharing worst-case scenarios; acknowledging uncertainty and dilemmas; admitting problems and errors – and expecting the public to bear it.
Since early in the 2003 SARS outbreaks, Dr. Lanard has been consulting with the World Health Organization and Ministry of Health officials around the world. This included a term in Geneva in 2005 as senior advisor to WHO for pandemic influenza communication, and a term in 2006 in Manila as risk communication consultant to the Emergency and Humanitarian Action Unit of WHO in the western Pacific region.
Dr. Lanard has conducted risk communication training workshops for WHO, ASEAN, UNICEF, FAO, and numerous Ministries of Health in the Philippines, Viet Nam, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Argentina, Peru, Guatemala, Laos, Fiji, Kenya, and many other countries, most recently in May 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Dr. Lanard graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and did her psychiatry residency at The Cambridge Hospital.