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New Text Messaging Video Series Available

Public Health - Seattle & King County has recently completed a new video series explaining why text messaging is critical for reaching our audiences.

Public Health - Seattle & King County has recently completed a new video series explaining why text messaging is critical for reaching our audiences.

October 11, 2011

You might send a dozen text messages a day or you might still be resisting signing up for a text messaging plan. But the fact is, more and more people are communicating via text message every day. Nine out of 10 people (men, women, and children) in the United States own a cell phone. And, as of June, 2011, the annual rate of SMS messages sent each year exceeds 2 trillion. But what does text messaging have to do with public health? Messaging campaigns regarding smoking cessation, sexual health, chronic disease management and prevention, and emergency communication are just a few examples of this expanding opportunity.

Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) has recently completed a new video series explaining why text messaging is critical for reaching our audiences. In the four videos, PHSKC explores what the community wants to hear from public health via text messaging, the mechanics of how to use text messaging, and the legal issues surrounding this activity. Each video is only five to 10 minutes, and will provide vital information for organizations considering text messaging programs to support public health initiatives.

These videos are the product of a research project under the Northwest Preparedness & Emergency Response Research Center (NWPERRC), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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