Online Program

Cholera, tobacco, and obesity: Educating the community over time

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Snehal Shah, MD, MPH, Research and Evaluation Office, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA
Whether it is to raise awareness about a specific public health threat or provide disease prevention messages, educating community residents is a critical public health function. As the nation's first health department, the Boston Public Health Commission has a long and rich history of communicating with residents using a variety of methods, from posting signs on lamp posts to posting on Facebook. More recently, some of our efforts have focused on strengthening the capacity of community residents to consume public health data and using data to support community engagement. This presentation will provide an overview of past and present strategies employed by Boston's public health officials to communicate with and educate the general public, describe lessons learned, and suggest strategies that may be used in future.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe strategies used to communicate public health data with community residents Describe efforts to support community-based organizations as they utilize data to promote community engagement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As the Director the Office of Research and Evaluation at the Boston Public Health Commission, I am responsible for public health surveillance and program evaluation, and disseminating the information learned from these activities to various stakeholders, including the general public. Our agency has a long history of using multiple methods to regularly share data and information with our constituents.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.