New Media

#APHA15 Social Media Lab: Where digital and health communications meet!

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For the third year in a row, we collaborated with APHA  to provide free social media technical assistance (TA) at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting . Over 130 conference attendees stopped by the “Social Media Lab.” They received personal sessions with an or APHA social media expert, or attended mini sessions addressing popular…

Data Provide Insight to Improve Adolescents’ Health

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Young adults face the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States. Here are the eye-opening facts: Young adults aged 15 to 24 account for half of the 20 million new STDs that occur in the U.S. each year. [PDF 1,604 KB] As compared to other groups, women aged 15 to 24…

Health Communication vs. Content Marketing

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Editor’s Note: recently had the honor of attending and being a part of the Planning Committee for the NIH Digital Summit. Here is the second of 2 blogs about the event from panelist Erin Edgerton Norvell.  Recently, I was honored to join an excellent line-up of digital health communicators at the NIH Digital Summit. I…

Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum

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Background: This SPNS initiative will implement and evaluate innovative social media methods to identify, link, and retain HIV positive underserved, underinsured, hard-to-reach youth and young adults (ages 13-34) in HIV primary care and supportive services. These methods include system approaches utilizing a variety of social media, internet and mobile-based technologies to improve engagement and retention…

#NIHDigital Summit: Optimizing Digital to Reach Patients, Scientists, Clinicians and the Public

Susannah Fox, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Editor’s Note: recently had the honor of being a part of the Planning Committee for the NIH Digital Summit. Here is 1 of 2 blogs about the event.  On October 19th, NIH brought together nearly 1,500 digital and health experts in person and via webcast. The event featured two keynote speakers and panels that showcased…

APHA Session on Hepatitis C Trends and Disparities on Tuesday 11/3/15


The HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) invites participants in the 2015 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting to join us for a special session: The Changing Epidemiology of Viral Hepatitis – Hepatitis C Emerging Trends and Disparities Tuesday, November 3rd from 12:30pm-2:00pm CT If we are to realize the goals…

Twitter & – Learning and Assessing

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The Status: Every Friday, conducts weekly social media monitoring to assess our “social media engagement .” This practice recently alerted us to a change in our Twitter following. Until the end of July 2015, we were gaining an average of 5,000 – 6,000 new followers each month (a number that accounts for followers we lose…

Every Dose, Every Day (TM): New Tool to Improve Medication Adherence

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Editor’s Note: The Centers for Disease Control has developed a new digital toolkit to promote medical adherence. This online resource includes a mobile app and can be used by providers as well as people living with HIV. CDC recently published the Every Dose, Every DayTM toolkit online. This toolkit offers assistance to both health care…