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Sunday, March 13 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Minority Report: Social Media for Decreasing Health Disparities

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Media research shows that, in the United States, minorities use social media as much--if not more--than most for connecting with friends, family and community. On the other hand, health disparities research finds that minorities do not receive the healthcare that they need. Furthermore, they disproportionately suffer from chronic, serious illnesses that impact their quality of life and the future of the US healthcare system. Since social connections play a vital role in patient awareness and maintenance of health, social media seems ripe for helping alleviate some of the health disparity, particularly given its pervasiveness in communities of color. This session will cover current uses of social media toward this end, discuss the problems and potential of these applications, and share opportunities and incentive programs for developers.

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Greg Beets

HIV/STD Public Info CoordTexas Department of State Health ServicesGreg Beets is the Public Information Coordinator for the HIV/STD Program at the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. He is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of statewide... Read More →
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Wenying Sylvia Chou

Program DirNational Cancer Institute NIHWen-ying Sylvia Chou, PhD, MPH, is Program Director in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the NCI, where she oversees a portfolio of research on new media, patient-provider communication, and mixed methods research... Read More →
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Maryland Grier

Sr Communication OfficerConnecticut Health FoundationMaryland Grier has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She currently manages media and public relations programming, public events and annual reports. Grier also manages special public events and the sponsorship... Read More →

Jen McClure

Co-founder & PresSociety for New Communications Research (SNCR)Jen McClure is a communications professional with more than 25 years of experience in all facets of media and communications, and is a recognized expert in the field of social media and new communications. Her career includes... Read More →
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Aimee Roundtree

Assoc ProfessorUniversity of Houston-Downtown

Sunday March 13, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Hilton Garden Inn, Sabine

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