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Ebola Rumor Study

7 May, 2020

Dear colleagues,

I hope that this email finds you well. I am conducting a multiple methods research study to better understand the chronology of rumors, associated factors behind rumors, and the organizational response to rumors during the 2014-2016 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

I am seeking individuals who were involved in the EVD response in Liberia from any period between March 2015 and September 2015, or in Sierra Leone for any period between August 2014 and December 2016.

If you choose to participate in this research, you will be asked to complete a short survey regarding the organizations you worked with and the positions you held in Liberia and/or Sierra Leone during the EVD response. You will then complete a one-hour interview about organizational response to rumors during the outbreak.

Interviews will take place at the time of your choice via telephone, Zoom, or Skype.

If you are interested in participating, please respond to this email. I will be happy to answer any questions that you might have about the study or provide additional information. If you do choose to participate, I will contact you to schedule an interview.

Sincerely,

Amelia Brandt, MSW, MPH

Doctoral Candidate

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Department of Global Health and Behavioral Sciences

Abrandt3@tulane.edu

617.237.7776

Faculty Advisor:

Lina Moses, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Department of Global Health and Behavioral Sciences

Lmoses2@tulane.edu

504.988.5347

HIFA profile: Amelia Brandt is a DrPH student at Tulane University and an International Consultant at the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, DC. Professional interests: Communication (SBCC, Risk Comm., CERC, Outbreak Comm.), outbreak response, sexual health, maternal and child health, operational research. brandt.amelia AT gmail.com