About one month ago, I joined the AIDS.gov team as the Communications Director. Next week, I will be attending the 139th American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition on behalf of AIDS.gov. Over 12,000 researchers, academicians, students, and advocates will descend on the Washington, DC Convention Center from October 29 – November 2, 2011. The meeting’s theme is “Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies.” To help you navigate the meeting, I wanted to provide an overview of AIDS.gov’s and other social media activities.
The AIDS.gov booth in the exhibit hall will promote the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and host the Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day 2011 photo initiative. This an opportunity for the larger public health community to share our thoughts on why we are all facing AIDS together. The photos will live virtually in the online Facing AIDS Gallery. To take part in Facing AIDS and learn about our HIV-related tools like the HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Provider Locator, please stop by booth #1077.
In addition to our social media presence, Miguel Gomez, AIDS.gov Director, will speak at the session “The Role of Social Media in Public Health” taking place on October 31, 2011 at 4:30pm (WCC, 156). For more sessions on social media, review the APHA list of related sessions (PDF 120KB).
Other Ways to Use Social Media to Stay Connected at the Meeting
We’ll be attending the APHA tweet-up to meet with our fellow public health colleagues to discuss how we use social media to promote healthy communities. Join us at the tweet-up on October 30 from 7 to 9PM at 901 Restaurant & Bar, 901 9th Street. Mention or send a direct message to @AIDSgov so we can connect.
At the meeting, you can also check-in using Foursquare at the various locations in the convention center and find out who else is there:
- APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition Registration
- APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition PHocal Point
- APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition Activity Posting Center
- APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition Opening General Session
- APHA Headquarters
The 2010 APHA Annual Meeting was the first time I used social media in a conference setting. With 10,000 attendees and 1,000 sessions, it can be difficult to connect with people at this conference. As an attendee I found following the conference Twitter hashtag helped me find other attendees who share my interests. Through Twitter I learned about the Health Global Project that covers e-health and social media.
If this is your first time using any of these tools, please review our New Media Tools information. If you have never used social media at conference, try listening with one tool and share your experience in a blog comment. I look forward to interacting with you at APHA.