The authors conducted a literature review to identify promising risk communication approaches and messaging strategies that address the communication limitations or barriers facing vulnerable populations before, during, and after a public health emergency. The aims of the review were to describe promising communication strategies for public health emergency risk communication with vulnerable populations; to summarize the quality and content of the peer-reviewed literature and relevant statutes and regulations addressing public health emergency risk communication with vulnerable populations for all stages of emergency preparedness; and to identify gaps in the literature. The literature review informed the development of a compendium of communication materials and case studies of sites with promising approaches to risk communication for vulnerable populations.
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