The HEALTH C project, started in October 2012 and it was a 2 years duration initiative co-founded by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning program – Leonardo da Vinci (Development of Innovation) subprogram.
The objective of the HEALTH C project is to support health authority staff to develop the skills required for managing communication in emergency situations linked to a health crisis, specifically in the event of transnational emergencies.
The main achievements of the HEALTH C project include a course in communication in emergency situations, as well as the related training materials, including a toolkit containing guidelines and support documents.
- Course Contents: These represent the most important achievement of the project as they include information on three key modules: i) Communication processes and skills which provide the theoretical framework for the course, ii) Communication through traditional media, which is of major importance, as it is the most commonly used, and reaches almost everyone, and finally iii) Communication through Social Media, which is increasingly being used in our society and in emergency situations.
- Toolkit Resources: These are a set of support documents, guidelines and templates that cover the key aspects of the course content, thereby providing ready-to-use information for use in daily activities.
- Self-Assessment Tests: These are a way for learners to evaluate the knowledge they have gained of the topics studied.
- Online Platform: All the previously mentioned materials have been integrated within an online Moodle-based platform, which will help to disseminate them further and make it easier for learners to take the course, as online information can easily be accessed by a large number of users without the extra costs associated with providing physical materials.
The population targeted by the course materials is represented by the target groups and beneficiaries identified in the HEALTH C Project. Direct target groups are professionals from healthcare institutions, emergency institutions and health authorities, and indirect targets could include communication experts, the media, civil organizations and the general public.