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Our seasoned professionals and award-winning solutions have helped secure national and global health since 1946.

ORAU blends communication, marketing, preparedness, technical training and research skills to develop solutions that inform the public and equip health professionals to respond to the most pressing public health challenges.

Our experienced professionals and award-winning solutions have helped secure national and global health since 1946. We specialize in developing and facilitating training solutions to protect the health and safety of workers and consumers across the globe. Our evidence-based solutions are tailored to help federal and state agencies, preparedness professionals, and local communities prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of public health and healthcare emergencies.

Industries we serve

  • Federal government agencies
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Public health agencies
  • Businesses
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Community-based organizations and clubs
  • Academia
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    Health Communication & Marketing

    ORAU develops measureable health communication interventions to effectively reach high-risk audiences in an effort to prevent or mitigate critical health concerns. Our experts employ proven marketing strategies and innovative technologies to disseminate tailored disease prevention messages and materials.

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    eLearning & Training Development

    ORAU training specialists and instructional designers can transform your traditional classroom training to online learning via custom websites or a learning management system. Trainings are customized to effectively meet the needs of specialized audiences.

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    Research & Evaluation

    ORAU conducts formative research, evaluation and in-depth analyses to fully define health and safety challenges and inform the development of effective strategies and programs to overcome these challenges.

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    Technology Support

    From healthcare professional training to consumer and environmental health education, ORAU specializes in creating customized health and preparedness training solutions to protect the well-being of employees and the public worldwide. Through web-based and live classroom courses, ORAU trains more than 25,000 health, safety and emergency preparedness professionals annually.

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Key customers

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Library of Medicine
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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    Opioid abuse crisis in Appalachia

    Since 2016, ORAU has traveled to six Appalachian states training over 30 anti-drug coalitions, not-for-profit organizations, local health departments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies through an Opioid Prevention Social Media Training and Technical Assistance Program. The program trains local organizations to more effectively use social media to communicate with the public about opioid misuse and abuse.

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    ORAU assists CDC in national HPV immunization campaign

    ORAU and its partner Mediassociates made extensive use of digital media advertisements on targeted websites and social media channels to amplify the reach and effectiveness of CDC’s national HPV immunization campaign.

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    NLM and ORAU partner in developing eLearning courses

    ORAU partnered with the Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division of the National Library of Medicine with developing a plan for the seamless transition from traditional, in-person instruction to web-based, self-paced training. ORAU assisted with staff training on best practices in eLearning and instructional design, specifically on the topics of training material development, test item construction and organization of large-scale, multicourse trainings.

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    Improving adult vaccine communication, education with virtual reality

    ORAU and the University of Georgia (UGA) partnered in 2017 to study the use of virtual reality and eye-tracking technologies to improve adult vaccine communication and education. ORAU and UGA also used eye-tracking technology to measure participants’ visual attention to vaccination education materials. With this technology, researchers can evaluate the type of content a person chooses to look at and which content the subject views the longest. 

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    Triage tools help mitigate medical surge during an influenza pandemic

    The Pandemic Influenza Triage Tools are a toolkit for healthcare professionals and community healthcare leaders and decision makers to manage influenza-like illness (ILI) and medical surge during a pandemic. 

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Awards & recognition

  • 2016 - NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award -“TravWell” Mobile Application
  • 2015 - Digital Health Awards - “Medical Selfie” Ad for Young Ashkenazi Jewish Women
  • 2015 - Digital Health Awards - Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign (KnowBRCA)
  • 2015 - PRSA Volunteer Chapter Award of Excellence - KnowBRCA
  • 2015 - NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award - Travelers’ Health “Can I Eat This?” Mobile Application
  • 2014 - ClearMark Award of Distinction - NCIRD’s “Know How to Use Your Asthma Inhaler”

Our Experts

Alan Janssen

Alan Janssen, M.S.P.H.

Expertise: Immunization communications, health campaigns, health communication support during disease outbreaks, public health interagency collaboration.

Janssen has more than 40 years of in-depth public health knowledge and experience gained at the local, state and national level, including 25 years of health communication experience with a federal health agency.

Freddy Gray

Freddy Gray, M.P.H., MCHES

Expertise: Public health and healthcare preparedness, medical countermeasures, team dynamics, strategic planning

Gray has more than 25 years of experience managing and supervising public health and healthcare system preparedness and response programs involving medical countermeasures to help mitigate the surge of patients due to a public health emergency.

Certification: Master Certified Health Education Specialist

Tony Hupp

Tony Hupp, M.S.

Expertise: More than 16 years of experience in management, design and development of curriculum, and instruction in adult education and distance-learning programs.

CertificationsThinkTank Session Leader Training Course Certification

Come talk to us about public health and healthcare preparedness capabilities

Come talk to us about public health and healthcare preparedness at the ORAU booth at the 2019 NACCHO Preparedness Summit March 26-29, 2019 in St. Louis.

The Preparedness Summit is the first and longest running national conference on public health preparedness. The Summit convenes a wide array of partners; presenting new research findings, sharing tools and resources and providing a variety of opportunities for attendees to learn how to implement model practices that enhance the nation’s capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and other emergencies.

Contact us

For information about ORAU’s health communication, preparedness and response needs, contact Marcus Weseman, M.P.A., vice president and senior associate director, Health Communication programs, at 865.576.3420 or