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December 7, 2011

SIU Med School Co-Sponsors Social Media Conference

Social media in the public health world is the topic of an upcoming conference for health administrators, educators, nurses and communicators.  The conference will be held 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, at the Wedeberg Conference Center, Memorial Medical Center, 701 N. First St., Springfield.  It is sponsored by the Illinois Public Health Association, Illinois Society for Public Health Educators and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Four panel presentations to be held from 8:45 a.m. to noon are “Micro Messaging: Using Social Media to Maximize Your Services, Outreach, and Partnerships” by Julie Pryde, public health administrator at Champaign-Urbana Public Health District; “Effect of a Social Media Intervention on Risky Sexual Behavior and Chlamydia and Incidence” by Krista Jones, clinical instructor of health systems sciences at the University of Chicago School of Nursing; “The Confluence of Public Health and Social Media” by Michael Shmarak, president of Sidney Maxwell Public Relations; and “Social Media and Sexual Health” by Jeffery Erdman, HIV programs manager at the Illinois Public Health Association.

Continuing education credits for CHES and nursing are offered.  The registration fee, including lunch, is $20.  The nursing contact hour fee is $10.  Registration can be done online at (see upcoming events), by fax at 217-522-5689, or mail to Illinois Public Health Association, 223 South Third St., Springfield, IL 62701.  Registration deadline is January 2, 2012.  For more information, contact Jodi Dart at or 217-522-5687. 

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