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Health Justice CT to Host “TweetChat” on Minority Perceptions About Health

Health Justice CT to Host "TweetChat" on Minority Perceptions About Health

New Britain, CT (October 5, 2010) – On Tuesday, October 12, from 1 to 2 pm, ET, Health Justice CT will host a free “TweetChat” to discuss equal opportunities for healthcare in the state of Connecticut. Health Justice CT is a growing movement of CT residents using social media as a channel to work together to raise awareness about the issue of health justice and to find innovative solutions that ensure everyone in Connecticut receives the same opportunities for health and health care.

The “TweetChat,” an online discussion forum conducted via Twitter, will be moderated by two Fellows of the Society for New Communications Research, the Health Justice CT program grantee. Social media measurement expert Katie Paine (@KDPaine) and public health social media strategist R. Craig Lefebvre, PhD (@ChiefMaven) will lead the discussion. During this Twitter-based online forum, they will unveil the results of the first Health Justice CT survey of minority residents measuring perceptions about whether there are equal opportunities for health and health care in Connecticut.

Evidence shows that racial and ethnic minorities often are disproportionately affected by health problems. Health Justice CT is taking a leadership role to address this issue by using social media to build public support and create an agenda for action. This Health Justice CT TweetChat will be the first in a series that will address topics of health equality and health justice in the state of Connecticut.

Questions to be discussed will include:

  • How do you define “health justice?”
  • America is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Why doesn’t everyone receive the same quality healthcare?
  • Are most people happy with the level of healthcare they receive?
  • Where do people go to find health information? Are they turning to social media?
  • Who‘s responsible for making sure that people live long and healthy lives?

Those interested in participating in this TweetChat may register online at http://healthjusticect.eventbrite.com/.

To join the TweetChat, participants can use or create their Twitter accounts at http://www.twitter.com. Participants can follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #HealthJustice – even if they do not have a Twitter account. Just go to http://www.twitter.com and enter #HealthJustice in the search box. However, you will not be able to contribute to the conversation without a Twitter account.

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