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October 12, 2012

By: Gregory Downing, D.O., Ph.D.Executive Director for Innovation for the Immediate Office of the Secretary at HHS

For the first time ever, the most recent round of HHSinnovates Awards featured a “People’s Choice Award”, in which all six finalists were showcased for public voting.  The results were astronomical; nearly 18,000 votes were cast.

October 10, 2012

A big part of “People First” is customer feedback. Many of the HHS websites ask, “Was this page helpful?” and seek feedback on your user experience. We use that information to make our websites better. On Digital Strategy, we’re asking you for ideas, and we’re listening. That’s what “People First” is at its core.

October 9, 2012

By: Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services

Studies of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the Haiti cholera outbreak demonstrated that social media trends can indicate disease outbreak more quickly than traditional surveillance methods. Early identification of an outbreak allows health officials to respond quickly to protect communities.

October 4, 2012

By: Deborah A. Temkin, Ph.D., Bullying Prevention Coordinator, U.S. Department of Education

One of the challenges with social media in the federal government is how to interact directly with followers. Often, we have limited capacity to reply to direct questions. Holding events such as a twitter townhall, however, allows a set timeframe for followers to directly interact with government representatives.

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