Public Health 2.0


Go Global

Within our NIEHS outreach and engagement community we are committed to healthy homes in the U.S. Wouldn’t it be great to go global!

Efficient safe stoves are good for the environment, economy, and the health and safety of families in third-world countries.

I will be going to a noon-time talk this Wednesday to hear about Aprovecho Research

Time to Embrace Health 2.0

Authenticity is key to connecting with people around their health.

Utilizing technology to create behavior change takes an entrepreneurial spirit, passion to make a difference, and a holistic view of health.

A possible explanation for the reason that Health has generated its own “2.0” term are its applications across health care in general, and in particular it potential in public health promotion. One author describes the potential as “limitless”. (Reference:

The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies in health care, including Online Communities, Search and lightweight Tools for consumers to manage their health and connect to providers online. Above all, Health 2.0 remains a venue where innovation in technology is introduced and ground-breaking ideas are shared to drive change in the health care system.

Articles and videos from this conference are quite thought-provoking for our outreach and engagement coming out of academia.

See What’s the point of Health 2.0? for a video and article coming from this conference.  A final quote from the video:
“Use Technology to Expand the Human Element”

In 2007, I presented and wrote about, a site that allows patients to share and help one another. I knew this idea was valuable to patients!

In the time since launch (2005), the company has expanded to 9 disease categories, with plans to expand to many more. The company was named as one of the “15 Companies that Will Change the World” by Business 2.0 and CNN Money.[2] It was also featured in a March, 2008 New York Time Magazine article entitled “Practicing Patients”[3] and in December 2008 on a television segment with Sanjay Gupta for the CBS Evening News.[4]

Wikipedia reference:

Organizing and Evaluating Professional Development Workshops

Earlier this year we piloted EH@Home in-person workshops. Creating a model for organization and evaluation was a very important part of this project.

Organizing each workshop involved a series of cyclic steps outlined below. From each workshop came feedback that was incorporated in future workshops. This enabled us to have near real-time improvement and help us meet the needs of participants.  Community engagement is key to effective workshops.

Conclusions to Share

  • The majority of participants learned about the workshops from friends and colleagues. Therefore, an effective way to promote workshops is through listservs, professional organizations, and networking.
  • Using pre and post quizes was very valuable in showing participants immediately how much knowledge they gained in the course.  Across workshops locations, the pre-workshop quiz average was 57% correct and post-workshop quiz resulted in 90% correct, demonstrating a significant increase in knowledge on workshop topics. This also indicated a need for additional professional development on these environmental health topics.
  • The use of a commercially available on-line recruitment, registration and survey instrument (Constant Contact) proved to be highly successful and effective in reaching audiences and facilitating follow-up information collection.
    • Most workshops were filled to capacity because of the convenience of on-line registration, ability to promote registration via web and email and for ease of sharing between colleagues.
    • 84% of participants completed the on-line pre-survey, which contributed toward workshop planning.
    • 51% of participants completed a post-follow-up survey two months after the workshop. Questions related to the extent they incorporated their new knowledge into their professional and personal lives and effective methods for future communication and professional development.
    • When asked about the preferred method for professional development in the future, 54% wanted a mix between in-person workshops and on-line education.
    • Almost all participants recognized they shared content and knowledge from the workshop with their friends and family. Therefore, the impact of workshops go beyond their professions and into their personal lives.
    • By far, the majority of workshop participants wanted to stay informed through our eNewsletters via Constant Contact.

Monday Gladness, Not Madness

It’s the day after Halloween. Raise your hand if you would rather have stayed home watching a movie cuddled up on the couch eating leftover candy. What would make today better than that here at work…..Sharing some cool ideas.

I continually think about how our Community Outreach and Education Program can make a difference here on campus with students.  One of our specialties is podcasting. In July 2008,  I wrote on
Lessons from Student Podcasting. There is much more now that has been done in this area.

To give you some idea, I have posted six ISTE NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) for Students. The same benefits come to adult learners. When students produce podcasts,  there is:

  1. Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  2. Communication and Collaboration: Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
  3. Research and Information Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
  4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
  5. Digital Citizenship: Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts: Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

Now it is easy to include video production for students with Flip Cameras and iPhones, and not just audio podcasting.  My idea is to c0-facilitate a class for students in which they create and produce a product that can make a difference for others around health.  We can help them take their final product to communities via the web.

My latest idea came this morning when I read the Spare Change Blog on Social Marketing and since the author Nedra shows her Delicious Bookmarks (thanks!),  I made my way to the article on Ideas for a Flip Camera Virtual Scavenger Hunt with clear instructions for students.

Why not…

  • Have student’s work in teams of two
  • Allow them to choose a topic that interests them with Thematic categories relevant to the course. The brainstorming process and working as a team to come up with a topic is a worthwhile process.
  • Allow them to use a FlipCam or Digital Audio Recorder
  • Create a Scavenger Hunt in which they find, record, and explain or interview specific events, items, or roles of people on campus or within the community,  OR
  • Take the topic and create a product for the EHSC web site that will be worthwhile to others on the topic of environmental health

Ok, back to “Monday Gladness”.

Science Education in Ethiopia

Since I will be traveling to Ethiopia later this Spring and raising an Ethiopian-American child, I have great interest in environmental health in Ethiopia and making a difference there.

I was passed a nice web site that teaches chemistry in a more interesting way. You are able to click on elements within the periodic table and watch a video to learn more about that metal. See

It got more interesting when the University of Nottingham went to Ethiopia and helped the students make a periodic table in their language of Amharic. See the video below.

Here is additional information that shares the environmental health challenges of Ethiopia. Partnering universities are a great way to make a difference.

And this is great about how nice it is to give an Ethiopian scientist a new experience.

Engaging Environmental Health Education

There is a new “Health eHome” on-line that is quite impressive.   This content was created from an educational collaboration between WebMD Editorial and Healthy Child Healthy World.

Within this eHome, people can go room to room  and learn about the various toxins around their home. Most toxins can easily be replaced with alternatives. For some, such as personal care products, it takes being a “being a label detective”.  Can you pronounce all of the ingredients? That is a start.

The engagement factor combined with the valuable information provided and enhanced with videos, makes “Health eHome“a real winner!

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