U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Menu

Social Media

Social media refers to specific technology and communication tools that help people and organizations create, organize, edit, and share information. At healthfinder.gov, we currently use Facebook, Twitter, Web badges, and widgets as part of our social media toolbox.

Learn more about social media.

healthfinder.gov on Facebook

healthfinder.gov’s Facebook community can help you and your loved ones reach your health goals. Each week, we post the Be Healthy Your Way Challenge and offer quick tips and tools for healthier living. Join the community - share your experiences and get ideas from other members. Together, we’re learning how to live well.

.

healthfinder.gov on Twitter

healthfinder.gov uses its @healthfinder Twitter handle to host weekly chats on prevention and wellness topics and to recognize health observances. Past chats have focused on a wide range of topics, including tips for safe swimming, how to eat healthy, and how to have a healthy pregnancy. During the chats, we invite your questions and share quick tips and tools to support you in healthy living.

We also participate in Twitter chats and town halls. A Twitter chat (also referred to as a Twitter town hall) is when a group of people and organizations come together to share ideas and insights in response to specific questions. For example, every October healthfinder.gov hosts a Twitter chat to honor Health Literacy Month.

This year, join @healthfinder, @HHS_DrKoh, @AHRQNews, @HealthLitMo and others on October 25, 2012 at 3 p.m EDT for the Twitter Chat. We’ll discuss IOM’s recent paper on the 10 Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations. We invite you to share your ideas on how organizations can help people navigate, understand, and use information and services to take care of their health. Use the hashtag #healthlit to participate.

.

Want to host your own Twitter chat?

We’ve created a how-to guide on hosting a Twitter chat based on the lessons we’ve learned from @healthfinder. The guide includes tips on choosing a chat topic, creating a moderator’s guide, and promoting the chat to other Twitter users.

Download the guide to hosting a Twitter chat [PDF - 148KB].

healthfinder.gov Web Badges

We offer Web badges to promote specific health observances as part of our National Health Observances Toolkit. A Web badge is an icon you can add to your Web site or blog.

Health observances are special days, weeks, or months devoted to raising awareness of important health topics. Examples include World AIDS Day and American Heart Month. healthfinder.gov features one health observance each month in its National Health Observances Toolkit.

The toolkit provides information on how to engage and mobilize your community in public health promotion efforts. In addition to Web badges, the toolkit includes suggestions for using other social media to spread the word about health observances.

View health observance Web badges.

healthfinder.gov Widgets

healthfinder.gov provides two widgets that you can add to your Web site or blog.

The Be Active Your Way widget is a quick quiz with results that provide tips and recommendations on physical activity.

The myhealthfinder widget lets visitors to your Web site enter their age, sex, and pregnancy status to get personalized health recommendations based on the U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce and the Bright Futures Guidelines.

View widgets.