The Long Beach Health Department has received a national award for
using social media to engage its community partners and staff, and
has been selected to present its social media strategies during a
national public health convention later this year.
"Our Health Department promotes, protects, and preserves public
health throughout our community, and I am very pleased that our
Health Department received this national recognition," Mayor Bob
Foster said. “Public Health Week highlights the importance of
our Health Department's work throughout the city, and with our
The Health Department received the Grand Prize award in the Public
Health Professional category by the American Public Health
Association (APHA), which is the lead organizer for National Public
Health Week, held each year in April to recognize the contributions
of public health and highlight issues that are important to improve
the public’s health.
“We were very excited to be recognized nationally for the
efforts of our Department,” said Kelly Colopy, Health
Department Director. “The Public Health Week planning
committee came up with great ideas for engaging staff and community
members with social media and other marketing.”
Outreach efforts included a video on the Health Department’s
YouTube channel, posts on the Health Department’s Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram sites, and daily bulletins for staff.
The Health Department also held several activities during National
Public Health Week to build stronger connections throughout the
health community, including the first Public Health Week conference
sponsored by local partners.
The Health Department will present its social media strategies
during the APHA’s 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans in
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