YouTube for Health Educators

26 08 2010

YouTube isn’t just for Justin Bieber fans or people interested in 20th century dance moves.  It’s also perfect for health educators.

YouTube provides health educators with an endless supply of videos on health topics ranging from pertussis to the importance of adequate vaccination, as well as breaking health news and updates from government agencies.

Did you know CDC is on YouTube, as is WHO, and other estimable groups such as UNICEF and Save the Children?

A number of health departments use YouTube for health education campaigns addressing food inspection, oral health, swine flu, and everything in between.

If you are a health educator and are interested in learning more about YouTube, including how to set up an account and upload a video, sign up for next Wednesday’s webinar using these steps:

  1. Sign up for PKIDs Communications Made Easy Program (It’s free!)
  2. Register for our YouTube for Health Educators webinar (held Wednesday, September 1st at 9:00 am pacific time)
  3. Call in on the day of the webinar, using the number from your registration email
  4. Get online using the URL link in your registration email

Science vs Superstition

4 08 2009
Thaindian News
Thaindian News

When babies are tossed off the roof of a shrine to ensure good health and prosperity, we as health educators are not doing our jobs.

Many will have heard about this centuries-old ritual that’s followed by hundreds of Hindu and Muslim families.  The child mortality rate is high in India’s rural lands, and these old practices give parents hope that their child will live.

We have to take the time to share the basics of what we know with others, so that everyone in every village in this world has at least the option of using science as the basis for healthcare decisions, rather than superstition.