NYS Health Foundation Webinar: Combating Misinformation During a Pandemic

Nancy Leveille and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

NYSHealth Invites You to Attend a Webinar:
Lies, Bots, and Coronavirus:
Combating Misinformation During a Pandemic

NYSHealth Foundation invites you to attend its webinar series, "Practically Speaking," that will share actionable ideas to better serve New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will focus on how misinformation impacts public health and health care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has killed more than 117,000 Americans, led to a loss of nearly 40 million jobs, and triggered states of emergency across the nation. It is viewed as the worst public health, economic, and national security crisis in more than a century.

The spread of misinformation--misleading and/or false information--through social media platforms deepened the crisis by delaying authoritative responses to the pandemic by weeks, if not months. Many of these social media accounts were found to be run by bots, which are autonomous programs that can spread spam or a virus over a network like the Internet. False claims and conspiracy theories resulted in delays that cost thousands of American lives. According to a recent study, had the United States imposed social distancing one week earlier than it did in March 2020, at least 36,000 fewer people would have died.

Please join us for a webinar discussion with Dr. Joseph Smyser, President and CEO of Public Good Projects, to explore how the increasing sophistication of misinformation exacerbates the COVID-19 pandemic, and what can be done to counter this devastating phenomenon.

Webinar Date:

Thursday, June 25, 2020

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The webinar will feature a short discussion followed by audience Q&A. 

Register here.


Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Director, Special Projects and Educational Development
518-462-4800 x20

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16