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Late last year, Scarlett Lanzas was chatting with neighbors — a group of fellow immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean — at the community pool in their housing development in Miami. That’s when Lanzas heard a neighbor say something in Spanish that was not true.
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How do we receive the information that shapes our beliefs, and how do we know if we can trust our sources? Professor Stefanie Friedhoff says information is a critical social determinant of health.
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There have been anti-vaccine movements for as long as there have been vaccines, but our current information ecosystem leaves all of us vulnerable to misinformation. Brown’s Information Futures Lab aims to arm public health students and practitioners with next generation communication tools to meet the growing information crisis and its public health impacts.
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A study by Brown researchers and colleagues estimates that the COVID-19 deaths of 1,464 Montanans—about 1 in 3—could have been prevented if every eligible adult had been vaccinated. “Montana is a very good example of a state that has seen consistent under-vaccination, and as a result, every third life could have been saved,” said study co-author Professor Stefanie Friedhoff.
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The Lab will investigate the harms of misinformation, data deficits, outdated communications practices, and other barriers to meeting the information needs of communities.
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How does a set of misleading videos online turn into a dangerous health crisis... all in the span of three days? Claire Wardle discusses the real life consequences of misinformation online.
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