Hartford, Conn. (December 7, 2010) – On Tuesday, December 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST, Health Justice CT will host a free “TweetChat” to discuss what communities can do to help end health disparities among men of color. HealthJusticeCT is an innovative initiative designed to use social media channels as the foundation for raising awareness about the issue of racial and ethnic disparities and creating a vital movement of Connecticut residents dedicated to working together to develop innovative solutions and ultimately achieve health justice for everyone in Connecticut.The “TweetChat,” an online discussion forum conducted on Twitter, will be moderated by Giovanni Rodriguez (@giorodriguez), social media expert and board member of Latinos for Social Media (LatISM); and public health activist and commentator, Andre Blackman (@mindofandre).
Evidence shows that racial and ethnic minorities are often 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 second in a series that will address topics of health equality and health justice in the state of Connecticut.
Questions to be discussed include:
- How does poverty factor into the poor health of men of color?
- Do men of color experience worse health outcomes and treatment than their socioeconomic counterparts?
- What new solutions should be implemented or tested to help solve this problem?
- How does where people live, work and play impact their health?
Those interested in participating in this TweetChat may register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1100263919 .
To join the TweetChat, participants will need to use or create their own free Twitter accounts at 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 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.
What can communities do to end health disparities for men of color? Join the #HealthJustice TweetChat Dec 14 at 1-2pm EST.