Hepatitis B Outreach Updates
September has been an incredible whirlwind of hepatitis B outreach activities. I’ve been out at events every weekend this month. Finished with another Vietnamese screening (we held one in partnership with the Vietnamese Reach for Health Coalition last weekend, which was very successful!) today. This one was held at a Vietnamese church, and it ran smoothly despite less than expected numbers attending. However, UP did a good job setting this up and gaining the church’s buy-in, so I’m proud of her work for this summer.
In retrospect, I believe that in order for our outreach projects to be more successful, we’ll need to return to the partnered education and screenings instead of trying to squeeze ourselves into the Sunday church schedule. Unless we have the entire church’s buy-in, it is difficult to incorporate our education and screening program.
I just heard of two new high school hepatitis B awareness groups that will be forming from students who attended our Youth Leadership Conference in August. It makes me really excited to hear that we are able to inspire these young leaders to take action in their communities.
SF Treasure Island Dragon Boat Festival (Sept. 26 & 27th) next weekend! Come out and enjoy the races and stop by our booth for hepatitis B education – or better yet, sign up to volunteer by contacting email@example.com
Social Media Fun
I have been fiddling with various social media tools / widgets this past week. One of my particular favorites is the introduction of TimesPeople on NYTimes.com where I can directly tweet, facebook, digg, etc. articles that I find intriguing. Plus, I can also recommend articles, and these articles will show up on my TimesPeople profile where those who follow me can read about my suggestions. I think this is a fantastic move for NYTimes to make the news (especially their news articles) much more accessible to others through peer dissemination. You can find me under the handle missamyyu if you ever decide to you use it.
Posterous has also been a newly acquired social media toy that I’m learning how to use. So bear with me as I test out various posterous features.
Had a fun time teaching BC about Twitter, and had a hilarious exchange about retweeting, and how retweeting only applies to those who are alive. [Note, he’s an author, so that is how we got to talking about retweeting dead individuals like Ernest Hemingway.]
Tried my hand at mashed cauliflower (the healthier alternative to mashed potatoes) the other day. Tasted pretty good despite my overuse of butter.
Also, in case you missed it, here’s an article “A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul” from the NYTimes.com that highlights the win-win outcomes by integrating culturally sensitive programs into healthcare.
Thanks for reading,
NYTimes article on hepatitis B and cultural competency. Woot!