March 31, 2011
Minnesota Department of Health to recognize far-reaching efforts of public health during National Public Health Week
Social media efforts will highlight public health issues during week of April 4-10
The important work of public health at the state and local levels will be recognized during National Public Health Week, April 4-10. For the first time, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will use social media to mark the annual event. National Public Health Week, organized by the American Public Health Association, is an opportunity for communities across the country to acknowledge the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.
MDH will help raise awareness about public health by using Twitter to tweet a variety of messages during public health week. These messages will include helpful consumer information and highlight the agency’s multifaceted public health work.
As Minnesota’s lead public health agency, MDH works to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. This work covers a broad range of activities, from monitoring infectious diseases to investigating complaints in nursing homes and hospitals, from preventing chronic disease to reducing health disparities.
To celebrate public health week, MDH will also launch its Facebook page as another mechanism to provide health information to the public.
“Public health is an essential part of making sure that Minnesota thrives, today and in the future. We are excited to use these social media channels to engage more people in this important work,” said Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health.