Posted Online: Nov. 23, 2012, 2:10 pm

Health Department staff attends training on social media

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Press release submitted by Henry and Stark County Health Department


The Henry and Stark County Health Department announces that members of its staff recently attended a Social Media Training sponsored by the Illinois Public Health Association and the Illinois Society for Public Health Educators. The training was entitled, "Aligning Social Media and Public Health." RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall, Health Department Director of Public Information, and Shawn Wager, Health Department Computer Support Specialist attended the training held recently in Glen Ellyn.

The training's goal was to introduce participants to the principles of social media in order to maximize public health and wellness/prevention efforts. The training also provided an overview of social media's role in communicating provisions and benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as well as the state Health Insurance Exchange.

Tucker-Marshall notes, "The training also gave participants skills needed to begin developing a basic social media strategy for health promotion and prevention messaging."

Tucker-Marshall adds, "Participants attending the social media training included: Administrators, health educators, nurses, health communicators, and public health program managers. Our staff took part in this important training, because we feel that we owe it to our local residents to be up-to-date on the latest communication innovations, techniques and information."

For more information on the services available through the Henry and Stark County Health Departments call the Department at (309) 852-0197 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.