City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 071114
Health Department Recognized for Social Media Efforts During National Public Health Week
Cheryl Barrit

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 partners.”

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 November.

Long Beach Health Department Social Media
Twitter: @longbeachdhhs
Instagram: @longbeachhealth

For more information about the City’s social media efforts, visit