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Practical Playbook for Addressing Health Misinformation

Misleading rumors, misinformation, and disinformation can make health events more complicated, reduce trust in public health efforts, and lead to negative health impacts. The Practical Playbook for Addressing Health Misinformation, developed by John’s Hopkins University with support from CDC, is a practical playbook is designed to help public health and medical professionals and other health communicators know when to step in and what actions to take to address rumors and misinformation related to public health issues.


The playbook can help you (1) prepare for health-related rumors, (2) decide when to act, (3) determine which actions to take to address misinformation, (4) develop messages to address misinformation, and (5) gather feedback about your messages. It also provides tools, templates, and examples to help in these efforts.