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Recent environmental outbreaks e.g. bird flu pandemic, the swine flu pandemic, brought up sensitive issues regarding Environmental Public Health (EPH) programs ineffectiveness at communicating with the public (i.e. laypeople as well as legislators) after a significant event. The manner in which EPH communicates risks creates tension in the population and among state agencies in charge for operating EPH programs. This leads to a low credibility that shades unfavorable light on EPH activities and its own justification of existence. Thus, most likely both federal and state funding is cut. The agency ceases to exist. This project builds on the analyses of most current environmental outbreaks (e.g. bird flu pandemic, the swine flu pandemic) and intends to identify possible points where EPH agencies can improve their approaches regarding communicating with the public after significant environmental outbreak. Upon completion, this project should help identify the missing links necessary to effective communication with public after a significant environmental outbreak that will foster closing the gap between public and environmental health specialists’ perceptions of a significant environmental outbreak and its risks. Also, it should suggest practical ways to create partnerships with local health care providers, legislators, policy makers. Note: These documents have not been revised or edited to conform to agency standards. The findings and conclusions in these reports are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.