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Training Connects Social Media and Public Health Agencies

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Social Media Guide for Local Public Health Agencies

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From the 27 July 2011 Public Health Hub posting by Allision Kline

How are social media and Public Health related? How can we use social media to spread Public Health messages? We addressed these questions on July 26 at our Social Media Training seminar for our local public health partners. The training was created with the following four goals in mind:

  • Provide practical training on use and management of social media tools
  • Connect Social Media and Public Health
  • Connect with other Local Public Health Agencies (LPHAs)
  • Provide attendees with quality outside sources for social media information

To learn more about the connection between social media and Public Health, as well as how social media can help spread public health messages see the powerpoint and video from our training posted below, or view and download Creating and Connecting with an Online Community: A Social Media Guide for Local Public Health Agencies (above).


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Related Resource
Public Health 2.0 – PowerPoint Presentation

These 106 slides include
  • A variety (with examples) of Web 2.0 technologies and their potential uses and applications in public health (as blogs, wikis, collaborative writing [as GoogleDocs], user reviews, GIS (as Health Map), microblogs (as Twitter), photo/video sharing, social bookmarking, social networking, professional networking,  virtual worlds
  • Privacy, security and other concerns with Web 2.0
  • Health literacy and health site evaluation

Public Health 2.0 – PowerPoint Presentation 

July 28, 2011 Posted by | Public Health | , | Leave a comment

Link Found Between Major Depression and Social Conditions

File:World Bank income groups.svg

Blue- High income

Green- Upper middle income

Purple- Lower middle income

Red- Low income

From a 27 July posting by dal22 in Research Now

Major depression is a serious condition, and can lead to a decline in function and quality of life. A new study published in the most recent issue of BMC Medicine reports on a survey of 89,037 adults from 18 high- and low-middle-income countries. Through face to face interviews, data were collected on prevalence, impairment, and demographic factors associated with depression.

Results showed that the average age of onset was 25.7 years in 10 high-income countries and 24.0 years in 8 low-middle-income countries. The ratio of females to males with major depression was

Countries based on World Bank income groupings for 2006 (calculated by GNI per capita, Atlas method).

   High income
   Upper-middle income
   Lower-middle income
   Low income

approximately 2:1. Major depression was associated with a younger age in high-income countries, while older age showed greater prevalence in several low-middle-income countries. Separation was found to be the most significant demographic factor in high income countries, while being divorced or widowed was most significant in low-middle-income countries.

According to the authors, major depression is a worldwide threat to public health and is strongly associated with social conditions. Further research will be needed for evaluation of risk factors contributing to occurrence of major depressive episodes.

Read the complete article.

July 28, 2011 Posted by | Public Health | , , , , | Leave a comment


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