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Texting for Public Health Toolkit

This online toolkit will show you you can use text messaging to send customized public health messages on a large scale.

Quick Facts

Topics: Communication

Format: Toolkits and Guides

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Public health agencies are charged with the unique task of communicating important, personal messages to lots of people. TV, radio, newspapers, and the Internet cast a large net, but those outlets lack a personal touch. And, as technology advances, vulnerable populations are often harder to reach through these traditional media.

This online toolkit will show you how text messages can help bridge the communications gap created by mass media and technology, allowing you to share customized messages with thousands of individuals.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how text messaging can be a valuable communications strategy in public health practice
  • Plan a public health text message program
  • Identify types of text message users
  • Market a public health text message program
  • Craft text messages for a public health audience
  • List legal and security threats to a public health text message program
  • Describe the methods for sending text messages and how the technology works

Intended Audience

Public health officials and professionals, including program managers and communications experts.

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Quick Facts

Topics: Communication

Format: Toolkits and Guides

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Authors

Hilary Karasz, PhD
Public Health Texting Initiative Project Director
Public Health - Seattle & King County

Lindsay Bosslet, MPH
Public Health Texting Initiative Project Manager
Public Health - Seattle & King County

Competencies

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