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*** Digital Disaster Relief and Summit for Good ***

Wendy Harman, Director of Social Strategy, American Red Cross (@wharman); David Kobia, Director of Technology Development, Ushahidi (@dkobia/) and Samantha Murphy, Mashable (@MurphySamanthaJ) discuss the use of social media as a communication tool during disasters.  This 11 minute session is part of the Social Good Summit currently being held in New York City September 22-24th. You can view the live stream and archives of other presentations.

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*** Webinar: Implementing the National Prevention Strategy at the Local Level ***

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Wednesday September 26, 12 MDT, 1 CT, 2ET

Implementing the National Prevention Strategy at the Local Level: Working with Non-Traditional Partners to Improve Community Health

The goal of this webinar hosted by NACCHO is to help participants implement the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) by working with non-traditional partners at the local level using a Health in All Policy (HiaP) approach. Speakers  include Kenneth D. Smith, PhD, Principal Investigator for NACCHO’s CDC-funded Health in All Policies (HiAP) initiative, and Margaret Byrne, Public Health Advisor with the Environmental Health Services Branch, part of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


*** Webinar: Serving Public Health through Open Health Mapping Services ***

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and Directions Media

Wed, Sep 26, 2012 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Featured presenter Eddie Oldfield, BA, Director, NB Climate Change Hub at the New Brunswick Lung Association will describe his work in coordinating implementation of geospatial interoperability standards to exchange, integrate and visualize distributed health and environmental information. Oldfield’s current work involves creating a national portal to bring together climate and health resources for decision makers in public health, municipal emergency management and local climate adaptation. This webinar uses Voice-over IP (VOIP) or a US toll telephone call.


Just for Fun:

***CDC Director Thomas Frieden Plays ‘Not My Job’***

Dr. Thomas Frieden was recently a guest on the National Public Radio Show “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me!”  His task was to answer three questions on viruses of a different kind than he normally encounters in his job – viral marketing.  Take a break and tune in!


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