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Build a Texting Program with NWCPHP's New Toolkit

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, in partnership with Public Health - Seattle & King County, is excited to announce its newest online toolkit, Texting for Public Health.

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, in partnership with Public Health - Seattle & King County, is excited to announce its newest online toolkit, Texting for Public Health.

July 17, 2014

Is your agency looking for ways to communicate with hard to reach populations? Would you like to improve emergency notification or send appointment reminders?

NWCPHP’s newest online toolkit, Texting for Public Health, can help. This interactive toolkit explains the essential components for developing an in-house texting program that allows public health organizations to send timely, personalized messages to thousands of community members.

Faculty member Hilary Karasz, PhD, MA, was the content advisor on this project. She comments, "We're excited that this toolkit will help public health agencies harness the power of mobile technology to improve health."

Explore the new toolkit and learn about conducting audience research, enrolling subscribers, and crafting messages. Learn how to navigate legal and security issues, choose a platform, and create a budget. Spend some time reviewing the in-depth section devoted to program planning and evaluation.

If texting programs are new to you, you can move step-by-step through the toolkit. If you have previous experience with the topic, use the navigation buttons to jump to the most relevant information. The toolkit is filled with dozens of interactive activities, templates, videos, and other resources to assist users with all levels of experience.

Virtually every adult in the United States has a cell phone. Browse our new toolkit and learn how your agency can start communicating with them via text messaging today.

The Texting for Public Health toolkit is a product of NWCPHP's Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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