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Alda Center joins Coalition for Trust in Science

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Screenshot of the Coalition for Trust in Health and Science homepageThe Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science recently joined the Coalition for Trust in Health and Science, a growing national organization. The coalition’s more than 70 members come from across the entire health and related science ecosystem for the purpose of helping people make evidence-based, personally appropriate health decisions for themselves, their families and their communities.

The Center, and its close partner the School of Communication and Journalism, are the first from Stony Brook University to join the coalition, whose members include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Heart Association, the American Psychological Association and Research!America. 

“The coalition’s goal of building trust in health care, public health and science across society aligns perfectly with the Alda Center’s vision of supporting a world that recognizes the impact of science on health and well-being,” said Laura Lindenfeld, executive director of the Alda Center and dean of the School of Communication and Journalism. “In joining this group, we will be able to share our research and experience with a dynamic community, and learn from and with them.”

The coalition started after the Covid-19 pandemic began to underline the significant adverse health consequences resulting from the breakdown in public trust in numerous sectors, and in health and science in particular. The health consequences associated with the challenges of mistrust and misinformation have become so concerning that organizations across the health and related science ecosystem decided to come together and learn from each other. Their goal is to advance trusting relationships and support the public in understanding the science relevant to achieving optimal health outcomes and how they might translate this knowledge into personally appropriate health decisions.  

“The Coalition For Trust In Health and Science is thrilled to have the Alda Center, and its extraordinary communication expertise, as a member of our family,” said Reed Tuckson, M.D., a cofounder of the coalition.“We have all come to a heightened understanding of the importance of the art and science of communication as we continue to advance the art and science of health and medical care delivery. Your knowledge is vital to this historical moment and your collaboration is greatly appreciated.”

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