29 May 2017 — Dr. Lauren Frank, speaker via Skype: Public Health Communication


Effective July 1, 2016, by new Rotary International rule, Clubs must meet a minimum of twice each month, regardless of format (in person or online) or date/time. Accordingly, our Club has adopted a policy of two meetings per month, on a mid-month Monday at noon and the usual Fourth Sunday in-person meeting. If time and topic call for additional online Programs, we will be pleased to provide them.


SUNDAY, JUNE 4 — 12:30 pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for May! Yes, you read that correctly; the Fourth Sunday in May falls on Memorial Day Weekend in the United States, so we push the meeting one week later into June. Speakers: The three awesome high school students we sponsored for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards/Academy). LOCATION: Denny’s Sherman Oaks, corner of Burbank and Sepulveda Boulevards. NO BOARD MEETING before the main meeting; one may be conducted via e-mail or conference call a few days later.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 — 12:30 pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for June!  LOCATION: Denny’s Sherman Oaks, corner of Burbank and Sepulveda Boulevards. Board Meeting possible; if so, at 11:15 a.m. before the main meeting.










Dr. Lauren Frank is an Assistant Professor in Portland State University’s Department of Communication. In her research, she studies health, mass, and strategic communication. Her key focus is how public health organizations produce and disseminate their messages and what the potential impacts of such messages are. She uses a combination of methods in her research, with a particular emphasis on advanced statistical techniques.

A graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, she earned her Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health with an emphasis on international public health and human nutrition. She worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health conducting research on maternal and child health, and in 2011, completed her doctoral degree at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Public health is a focus of Rotary Clubs worldwide, both in their high-profile combined efforts to eradicate polio and in smaller but no less important ways.

Dr. Frank met with us live via Skype from her office in Portland, Oregon, to educate us about the communication of public health issues and crises.

Thanks to Club Member Daniele Della Gala for connecting us with Lauren.


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3 responses to 29 May 2017 — Dr. Lauren Frank, speaker via Skype: Public Health Communication

  1. Very cool. Thanks for arranging, Danielle! Good points regarding credibility and motivating the public.

  2. Very informative…

  3. Great interview! I have know Lauren for almost 20 years, and it is always fascinating to hear about the important work she does, especially in a time of such rapid social media coverage of every imaginable topic. The delivery of information in different presentation modes is key. In education we speak a great deal about culturally relevant and responsive education. When it comes to disseminating information related to health, it takes a good deal of work to create a powerful message in a form that different groups will hear in a meaningful way. I am glad that Lauren is in a field where results of research can help to inform others and encourage them to make positive choices related to health.

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