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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The notice for the proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address any of the following: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses; and (e) Assess information collection costs.

To request additional information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, call (404) 639-7570 or send an email to Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the items contained in this notice should be directed to the Attention: CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395-5806. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices related to a Domestic Readiness Initiative on Zika Virus Disease—New—Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

Since late 2015, Zika has rapidly spread through Puerto Rico. As of November 2016, there have been 35,136 confirmed cases of Zika in Puerto Rico, with 2,797 cases among pregnant women and 67 cases of Guillain-Barré caused by Zika. In the continental United States, there have been 4,432 travel-associated cases of Zika and 185 locally-acquired Zika cases in Florida and Texas. Due to the urgent nature of this public health emergency, CDC is implementing a Zika prevention communication and education initiative.

The purpose of this survey is to assess a domestic U.S. and Puerto Rico-based communication and education initiative aimed at encouraging at-risk populations to protect themselves and their families from Zika virus infection. CDC will assess the following communication and education objectives: (1) Determine the reach and saturation of the initiative's messages in Puerto Rico and the domestic U.S.; (2) measure the extent to which messages were communicated clearly across multiple channels to advance knowledge and counter misinformation; and (3) monitor individual and community-level awareness, attitudes and likelihood to follow recommended behavior. This data collection includes 2,400 surveys conducted in four geographic locations following peak campaign activity to assess key outcomes of the initiative. The information will be used to make recommendations for improving communication and education regarding the prevention and spread of the Zika virus. Information may also be used to develop presentations, reports, and manuscripts to document the communication effort and lessons learned in order to inform future similar communication efforts.

The goal of this project is to determine knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to a Domestic Readiness Initiative on Zika Virus Disease being launched in the United States (U.S.) mainland and Puerto Rico.

CDC will seek to gain OMB approval of this new information collection request to conduct a final survey (wave 3) to evaluate the CDC Domestic Readiness Initiative for Zika Virus. The Zika Readiness Initiative campaign has been implemented in two phases with peak campaign activity coinciding with the height of mosquito season during the summer months of 2016 (phase 1) and 2017 (phase 2). OMB granted CDC an emergency review approval in 2016 (OMB Control Number 0920-1136, expiration 3/31/2017) to conduct the first two waves of data collection which captured the effectiveness of the first phase of the campaign. The third wave of data collection will allow CDC to capture the effectiveness of the second phase of the campaign being implemented through late summer/early fall 2017.

While the campaign objectives and the call to action remain the same across both phases, campaign materials have been modified between phases based the first two waves of data collection to better address misinformation about Zika and promote a sense of urgency to adopt preventive actions. The third and final wave of data collection is vital to CDC's continued understanding of how the campaign information is received by target audiences and what actions are being taken to prevent Zika virus transmission Findings will be used to improve planning, implementation, refinements and demonstrate outcomes Start Printed Page 36148of a Zika Domestic Readiness Initiative communication and education effort.

The total estimated annualized burden hours are 560. There are no costs to participants other than their time.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentsForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)
U.S. Domestic AdultsZika Readiness Initiative Questionnaire1,800114/60
Puerto Rico AdultsZika Readiness Initiative Questionnaire600114/60
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Leroy A. Richardson,

Chief, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2017-16332 Filed 8-2-17; 8:45 am]