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Drexel Launches Emergency Communications Social Media Library for Public Health Agencies and Health Care Organizations

A social media message library launched by the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (CPHRC) at the Drexel University School of Public Health will assist public health agencies and health care organizations with using new media platforms for crisis and emergency risk communication. The content was reviewed by content and risk communication experts in public health agencies across the country.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the library features messages developed for commonly used social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Pre-developed templates and messages for 23 specific hazards are available through a publicly-accessible web-based platform that can be found here: http://publichealth.drexel.edu/research/research-centers/center-for-public-health-readiness-communication. Messages for additional hazards are currently being developed, and will soon be added to the library.

Drexel CPHRC is also developing a training program for 2015-2016 in public information and risk communication for public health agency staff and health care partners in Pennsylvania. The program will consist of workshops, a webinar series, and a virtual exercise.

Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Drexel CPHRC is integrating key community health care partners into public health preparedness activities.