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RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall is the public information director of the Henry/Stark Health Departments.
Blog: Health staff learn how to use social media to help
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By RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall
Jan. 2, 2013 10 a.m.

The Henry and Stark County Health Department announces that members of

its staff recently attended a Social Media Training sponsored by the

Illinois Public Health Association and the Illinois Society for Public

Health Educators. The training was entitled, "Aligning Social Media and

Public Health." RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall, Health Department Director of

Public Information, and Shawn Wager, Health Department Computer Support

Specialist attended the training held recently in Glen Ellyn.

The training's goal was to introduce participants to the principles of

social media in order to maximize public health and wellness/prevention

efforts. The training also provided an overview of social media's role in

communicating provisions and benefits of the Patient Protection and

Affordable Care Act as well as the state Health Insurance Exchange.

Tucker-Marshall notes, "The training also gave participants skills

needed to begin developing a basic social media strategy for health

promotion and prevention messaging."

Tucker-Marshall adds, "Participants attending the social media training

included: Administrators, health educators, nurses, health communicators,

and public health program managers. Our staff took part in this important

training, because we feel that we owe it to our local residents to be

up-to-date on the latest communication innovations, techniques and


For more information on the services available through the Henry and

Stark County Health Departments call the Department at (309) 852-0197 or

visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at

Henry and Stark County Health Departments.

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