Media Coaching, Scientific Accuracy and Journalist Outreach

Science Communication Network (SCN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting environmental health scientists in their efforts to contribute to public dialogue about their work through the media. We provide media training specific to communicating environmental health research, and we reach out to science, health and other interested journalists to inform them regarding important new science.

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What We Provide

In order to narrow the gap between scientific understanding and public knowledge of environmental health research affecting human and animal health, and to ensure that the science is reported accurately, in context and without alarmism, it is critical that scientists interact with journalists, sharing not only their findings but their passion and deeper understanding of the field.

Along with creating opportunities for scientists and journalists to communicate, SCN improves this interaction by providing scientists and health professionals media training to better and more confidently convey their findings. We also provide journalists what they told us they needed: advance notice of publication of important new science, with context and background, and access to a variety of credible experts for interview.

What is Environmental Health?

According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Environmental Health is the field of science that studies how the environment influences human health and disease. “Environment,” in this context, means things in the natural environment like air, water and soil, and also all the physical, chemical, biological and social features of our surroundings.

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