In September Dr. Ali Khan of the Center for Disease Control's Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response (CDC PHPR) and some of his colleagues attended Dragon*Con in Atlanta. After participating in the Don't Panic! panel discussion (with +Bad Astronomy
's +Philip Plait
, author +Scott Sigler
and astronomer +Pamela Gay
) there was a session with CDC and CNN's Chad Myers about emergency preparedness.
They talked a bit about how the CDC interacts with science fiction entertainment:
Dr. Khan: CDC works diligently to influence the science or facts in entertainment today. Take the movie Contagion for example. We worked very closely with their writers and producers to ensure the science was accurate. CDC also partners with Hollywood Health & Society on a numerous other media-related projects like Greys Anatomy, Doc McStuffins, etc.
Chad Myers: One of the best qualities one can have when thinking about preparedness is to be continually cognizant of “what will happen next” scenarios. [...snip...] We are using entertainment as an educational tool today; allowing us to increase the number of people thinking about their own preparedness and improving the forward thinking individuals need to be an effective contributor during a response.
What do you think: should government agencies use entertainment as an educational tool?
See the article below for the entire Q & A session:http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2012/11/dragoncon-2012/