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Public Health 2.0: UVM Hosts Event Exploring Intersection of Social Media, Digital Technology & Public Health

Feb. 13 at University of Vermont Davis Center

On Wednesday, Feb.13, the University of Vermont College of Medicine will host a panel discussion in partnership with University of Vermont Continuing Education and NetSquared, a global network of professionals committed to digital technology as a means of delivering social good.

The event, free and open to the public, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mount Mansfield Room at the Davis Center. Please RSVP by clicking here.

Titled “The Digital Health Revolution: Intersections of Public Health, Social Media and Digital Technology,” the event will feature speakers from UVM and the community, including:

  • Jill Jemison, director of technology services at the UVM College of Medicine
  • Lewis Mitchell, post-doctoral student at UVM’s Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics and Computational Story Lab

The panelists will discuss a range of topics including online medical education (Jemison), what Twitter can tell us about population health (Mitchell), how multimedia content may be deployed for health education (VanDyke), and the possibilities of open-source community health mapping (Clements and Judge).

Digital technology has altered the way health care is delivered and how people gather health information. Thirty-five percent of U.S. adults have gone online to figure out a medical condition, while half of smartphone owners use their devices to get health information and one-fifth of smartphone owners have health apps (Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project).

This event will explore the possibilities and challenges that face public health and solutions that may be delivered through digital and social media technologies.

About the University of Vermont College of Medicine
The University of Vermont College of Medicine was founded in 1822 as the nation’s seventh medical school. One of only 141 medical schools in the US, the College and teaching hospital Fletcher Allen Health Care comprise Vermont’s academic medical center, where more than one-third of Vermont’s physicians were educated or trained. The College received more than $68 million in external research funding in 2012, and employs 762 full-time faculty and 415 staff, with over 1100 part-time faculty participating in medical education of students around the region. Enrollment currently includes 446 medical students, 147 graduate and post-doctoral students, and 290 residents and fellows.

About University of Vermont Continuing Education

Continuing Education (CE) helps thousands of non-traditional students continue their education at the University of Vermont. Through collaborations with the various colleges and schools, CE offers courses and programs to help students explore their options to advance or change their careers. Visit us online learn.uvm.edu.