At www.publichealthpractices.org, we're very interested in the topic of using social media to connect public health emergency and response practitioners. Our Web site hosts a curated collection of more than 420 all-hazards strategies, interventions, stories, tools, and resources submitted by public health agencies and partnerships throughout the US states and territories. We presented the results of a year of testing social media strategies at the Public Health Preparedness Summit in Atlanta last week and during a scientific session at the American Public Health Association annual meeting in San Francisco in October. We'd be happy to share with you either presentation and/or to point you to some of the interesting practices featured on our site that pertain to using social media for public health emergency management and communication ( PHTools@umn.edu ) . Of note, you might take a look at this one: Rumor investigation process helped Florida prioritize communication response, conserve resources during Deepwater Horizon disaster "Following the Deepwater Horizon explosion in spring 2010, the Florida Department of Health used a streamlined process to identify and respond to circulating rumors about the health effects of the oil spill. Rumors gathered from social media and mainstream news sources were coded and prioritized based on their accuracy and reliability. The process guided the public information staff’s recommendations or resolutions about how to address future communications efforts ─ and was estimated to have saved more than $70,000 during the four-month response . . [more] http://www.publichealthpractices.org/practice/rumor-investigation-process-helped-florida-prioritize-communication-response-conserve We're on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PHPractices And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PublicHealthPractices.org And you can subscribe to our biweekly newsletter, which features practices on a timely theme each issue: http://www.publichealthpractices.org/subscribe/email
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