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Envisioning Social Media that is Good for Public Health

Social media has been a game-changer in the health arena by providing a space to share preventative information, track personal and community health, and enable patient-to-patient support networks. However, the explosion of social media also has catalyzed numerous privacy, ethical, and social issues and served as a gateway for spreading health misinformation. This session will explore the characteristics and structure of a “PBS-like” potential social media platform that can enhance society and support the public’s health.

Mark Coatney

Mark Coatney a digital media consultant with more than 20 years experience in online media. He's headed digital news organizations at Forbes and Al Jazeera America, and was an early employee of Tumblr, where he spent 3 years running media partnerships pre-Yahoo.

Ellen Wartella, PhD

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy

Ellen Wartella researches the effects of media on children and adolescents, and the impact of food marketing in the childhood obesity crisis. Wartella sits on a number of national boards advising on the influence of media on children's health. Currently she is a co-principal investigator on a five-year multi-site research project looking at the effect of digital media on very young children funded by the National Research Foundation. She was a co-principal investigator on the National TV Violence Study (1995-1998) and a co-principal investigator of the Children's Digital Media Center project funded by the National Science Foundation (2001-2006).

Joseph Wender

Joseph Wender currently serves as Senator Markey’s Senior Policy Advisor and handles a wide range of issues including telecommunications and privacy. Mr. Wender previously served as then-Representative Markey’s Legislative Director. Prior to working for Markey, Mr. Wender served as Counsel for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He received his BA from Wesleyan University and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Rebekah Tromble, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University, Associate Director, Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics (IDDP), George Washington University and Visiting Researcher, The Alan Turing Institute (London)

Dr. Tromble teaches and conducts research on media and politics, digital research methods and ethics, and computational social science. Before her research took a digital turn, she also conducted extensive fieldwork in former Soviet Central Asia, where she  focused on political discourses about Muslims and Islam.  Prior to joining George Washington University, she spent eight years at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Lorien Abroms, ScD, MA (Moderator)

Professor, Department of Prevention and Community Health, George Washington University School of Public Health

Dr. Lorien Abroms is a professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health. Dr. Abroms' career focuses on the application of digital communication technologies for health promotion, with an emphasis of smoking cessation. Dr. Abroms has developed and evaluated several apps and text messaging programs for smoking cessation, including Text2Quit which is offered through 1-800-QUITNOW and SmokefreeMoms which is offered through the National Cancer Institute's Smokefree.gov. At George Washington University (GW), Dr. Abroms is the founding director of the GW mHealth Collaborative, an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students in clinical medicine, public health, biostatistics, and engineering.

John P. Allegrante, PhD

Professor of Health Education, Teachers College, and Adjunct Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and Editor Emeritus, Health Education & Behavior (Summit Program Co-chair)

Dr. Allegrante is an applied behavioral scientist whose research focuses on health behavior, behavioral self-management, and health outcomes in chronic disease. He has conducted programs of NIH-funded research to investigate new approaches to understanding, predicting, and intervening on the barriers and facilitators of behavioral self-management of chronic disease. He is former SOPHE President and editor emeritus of SOPHE's journal, Health Education & Behavior.

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Envisioning Social Media that is Good for Public Health
06/03/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  75 minutes
06/03/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  75 minutes Social media has been a game-changer in the health arena by providing a space to share preventative information, track personal and community health, and enable patient-to-patient support networks. However, the explosion of social media also has catalyzed numerous privacy, ethical, and social issues and served as a gateway for spreading health misinformation. This session will explore the characteristics and structure of a “PBS-like” potential social media platform that can enhance society and support the public’s health.
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