Carl J. Martinson, MD Lectureship in Preventive Medicine
Combating Health-Related Misinformation and Disinformation
Presented by Tara Kirk Sell, PhD, MA
Senior Scholar, Center for Health Security and Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that health-related misinformation and disinformation can dangerously undermine the response to a public health crisis. Misleading information, intentional or not, has a myriad of effects, including reduced trust in public health responders, increased belief in false medical cures, and politicization of public health measures. The spread of these falsehoods has led to more infections, deaths, disruption, and disorganization of the effort to combat the pandemic, and it is likely these problems will persist in future public health emergencies. In this talk, Dr. Sell will describe ways to understand the how and why misinformation infiltrates our public discourse and potential paths forward in combating health-related misinformation and disinformation.
Free and Open to the Public
The lecture honors the memory of Carl J. Martinson, MD, who founded the Minnetonka Hospital, The Martinson Clinic, and who actively promulgated good health habits as the way to a productive, long, happy life.