National Public Health Week Twitter Chat 2013

Public health tweeps, united! APHA hosted its third annual "NPHW chat" on April 3, 2013. Commemorating this year's theme, "Public health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money," we wanted to hear from the public health world on how health and wellness initiatives can return our investments.

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  1. What is public health's ROI, you ask?
  2. National Public Health Week — Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money
  3. It was important that we reach our entire audience — public and private sectors, students and public health professionals, communities and national organizations. So, we sent a Twtvite.
  4. We started it with a little pre-chat contest, where we asked questions relating to public health. Winners got some cool NPHW apparel.
  5. And then it began. We were lucky to have some distinguished guests including HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Dr. Howard Koh and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin — who helped introduce National Public Health Week 2013 by telling us to "just walk."
  6. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin talks National Public Health Week 2013
  7. And away we went.

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  8. The next series of questions compared the importance of good health with the price to afford it. Where can cost-saving prevention be seen? And what's more important -- saving lives or saving money?