Public Health Information in New Media Format

Peer review journals and official web pages are not the only good sources of health information. I just spent some time today looking at Flu Wiki, a great source of information on pandemic influenza for the general public and health professionals

“The purpose of the Flu Wiki is to help local communities prepare for and perhaps cope with a possible influenza pandemic. This is a task previously ceded to local, state and national governmental public health agencies. Our goal is to be:

  • a reliable source of information, as neutral as possible, about important facts useful for a public health approach to pandemic influenza
  • a venue for anticipating the vast range of problems that may arise if a pandemic does occur
  • a venue for thinking about implementable solutions to foreseeable problems

No one, in any health department or government agency, knows all the things needed to cope with an influenza pandemic. But it is likely someone knows something about some aspect of each of them and if we can pool and share our knowledge we can advance preparation for and the ability to cope with events.”

The Flu Wiki format is readable and the information current . The tip of the week has great links to up to date new information on pandemic influenza. Public health is trying hard to reach out to the public for personal and community pandemic preparedness. An informed public will be vital to achieving this goal. Flu Wiki is a site I plan to look at frequently.


One Response to Public Health Information in New Media Format

  1. mikelove says:

    I think that when a person knows that they could, if they chose, be actively involved in the organization of information – changes their engagement with that information. It’s like a little trick – you look to see if you can find mistakes or holes – and you end up learning things. (or maybe you find serious mistakes, and either decide to fix things or turn your back on the idea of user generated information sites)

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