Evan Thornburg (she/her), Health Equity Special Advisor for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, joins Reed Smith DE&I professionals John Iino (he/him) and Iveliz Crespo (they/them) to discuss how misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy theories pose a serious threat to public health. They discuss how it affects equitable engagement of services, causes confusion, creates mistrust, harms people’s health, and undermines public health efforts. Evan dives into the disparate impact that the spreading of inaccurate information has on vulnerable and marginalized communities and their ability to make informed decisions about their health. She also shares strategies that individuals can adopt to combat these threats.
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