Aaron Frechette’s background is in journalism. Starting as a teenager, Frechette has worked in both radio and newspaper as a reporter and editor. He also is experienced in facilitating public forums about issues that affect the community. Frechette now brings this wide array of communication skills to his work at the Rhode Island Department of Health. In this podcast, Aaron Frechette speaks for himself and his views do not necessarily reflect those of his employer.
In this podcast, Aaron Frechette talks with Helen Osborne about:
- Why it’s important to talk with the public about ticks and other environmental concerns. And reasons that doing so can be difficult.
- Effective strategies to communicate environmental health messages–even when the science is hard to understand, issues may be controversial, and resources are limited.
- Resources to share, build upon, and use in collaboration.
More Ways to Learn:
- “Everything You Need to Know About Mosquitos & Ticks,” at http://health.ri.gov/publications/guides/Tick_Mosquito_Booklet.pdf
- “Is there a tick on you?” Access this poster at http://health.ri.gov/publications/posters/IsThereATickOnYouposter.pdf
- Rhode Island Tick Detective Workbook for Kids. Available for free at http://health.ri.gov/publications/books/TFRIKidsWorkbook.pdf
- New Hampshire Tick Detective Workbook for Kids. Available for free at https://tickfreenh.org/product/tick-free-nh-tick-detective-workbook-for-kids/
- Tick Free Rhode Island Fact Sheet. PDF of 8 ½ x 11 fact sheet/poster available at http://health.ri.gov/publications/posters/TFRIPoster.pdf
- University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center: http://tickencounter.org/
- Free CDC resources on Lyme Disease: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/CDCInfoOnDemand.aspx (select vector-borne diseases/Lyme Disease from dropdown)
- “Climate Change and Your Health: A Guide for Rhode Islanders.” PDF of this booklet available at http://health.ri.gov/publications/guides/ClimateChangeAndYourHealth.pdf
- “Rhode Island’s Changing Climate: Building Resilience Through Local Solutions.” 10-minute mini-documentary at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=Vx04V1zEX7s
- State of Rhode Island Department of Health’s information about Climate Change. Find additional information at http://health.ri.gov/healthrisks/climatechange/
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 13, 27