Department of Health and Human Services: HHS Launches Spanish Language App to Help Latinos Navigate Health Care Questions, Issues New Report Highlighting Latino Coverage Issues

Department of Health and Human Services: HHS Launches Spanish Language App to Help Latinos Navigate Health Care Questions, Issues New Report Highlighting Latino Coverage Issues. “Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a Spanish version of its QuestionBuilder app, which can help Latino patients prepare for their in-person or telehealth appointments. The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) built QuestionBuilder en Español, which is being released during Hispanic Heritage Month and Health Literacy Month, to improve health care access and equity for Latinos.”

Open and Engaged 2021: Understanding the Impact of Open in the Arts and Humanities Beyond the University (British Library)

British Library: Open and Engaged 2021: Understanding the Impact of Open in the Arts and Humanities Beyond the University. “In Higher Education contexts, discussions around openness are often focused on the pathways to make publications, data or cultural objects openly available online. It is often not known what impact open resources can have for various communities beyond the research community. The speakers at Open and Engaged 2021 will explore the different impacts that open resources can have on people. They will seek to question how openness enhances the ability to engage with communities, how projects can be sustainable and make positive changes in the long-term, as well as some of the downsides to current approaches to open engagement.”

Motherboard: The FDA Was Internally Thrilled Over That Viral Horse Paste Tweet

Motherboard: The FDA Was Internally Thrilled Over That Viral Horse Paste Tweet. “Internal documents obtained by Motherboard through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the federal Food and Drug Administration was absolutely delighted to do a fire tweet discouraging the use of ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. In internal emails, supervisors with the agency’s public affairs office congratulated the author of the tweet for their ‘clever (humorous)’ approach, suggesting the agency will employ more humor in its desperate, often ineffective efforts to keep the American public from continuing to poison themselves with unproven treatments for the novel coronavirus.”

Pew: Charting Congress on Social Media in the 2016 and 2020 Elections

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Charting Congress on Social Media in the 2016 and 2020 Elections. “The 2020 election occurred in a cultural and political climate that was vastly different than that of the 2016 race. The unique nature of each election cycle was also visible in the ways members of Congress used Facebook and Twitter to engage with the public in the months before and after election day. Most obviously, the 2020 election was much more online than the preceding presidential cycle. Lawmakers shared tens of thousands more posts – and received orders of magnitude more engagement from other social media users – than was the case in 2016.”

Florida Politics: With public website live, Florida’s redistricting process kicks into gear

Florida Politics: With public website live, Florida’s redistricting process kicks into gear. “‘I would say it’s going to be difficult to do a roadshow like anything you have seen in the past,’ said Rep. Tom Leek, the Ormond Beach Republican chairing the House redistricting effort. But the new website does mean more data and tools will be available to the public. The website includes baseline maps of the current districts, including how much population must be gained or lost to reach ideal population counts.”

Opinion: We’re not calling out Nicki Minaj. We’re calling her in. (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Opinion: We’re not calling out Nicki Minaj. We’re calling her in.. “Minaj’s now-infamous post follows comments from other Black musicians, such as the rapper Busta Rhymes and R&B singers Tank and Summer Walker, who have taken to stages and social media to question the safety and utility of the vaccines. Given the unique trust many Black people afford Black musicians — and the understandable skepticism with which many regard the medical establishment — it is extra critical we make sure these celebrities have all the information they need to talk about the vaccines responsibly. And the best way to do so is without judgment.”

The Center Square: Maryland launches social media initiative to combat COVID-19 misinformation

The Center Square: Maryland launches social media initiative to combat COVID-19 misinformation. “Maryland’s Department of Health is taking the battle against COVID-19 misinformation into its own hands. In a Monday morning news release, the department said it is launching a social media campaign designed to combat misinformation and disinformation related to COVID-19 to ensure accurate information is distributed about lifesaving vaccines, the importance of testing, and other facts.”

Baltimore pushes to reach people in neighborhoods with lowest vaccination rates (WBAL)

WBAL: Baltimore pushes to reach people in neighborhoods with lowest vaccination rates. “There’s a new push in Baltimore to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19, particularly in some of the city’s neighborhoods that have the lowest vaccination rates. City leaders on Friday unveiled an updated COVID-19 dashboard as a new tool to track the spread of the virus and vaccination coverage.”

State of New York: Governor Kathy Hochul Announces #VaxtoSchool Campaign to Drive COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among School-Aged New Yorkers Statewide

State of New York: Governor Kathy Hochul Announces #VaxtoSchool Campaign to Drive COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among School-Aged New Yorkers Statewide. “Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the launch of the multi-faceted statewide #VaxtoSchool campaign to support increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers, furthering the administration’s commitment to making the health and well-being of students, teachers and families a top priority.”

Sora News 24: 74-year-old Japanese politician starts Instagram account for open dialog about COVID-19

Sora News 24: 74-year-old Japanese politician starts Instagram account for open dialog about COVID-19. “Shigeru Omi is the current head of the Japan Community Health Care Organization, which is the government department that manages the social health care system. Prior to that he also served as a director for the WHO and tackled past pandemics such as polio and SARS. Omi has also been heavily involved in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan since February, 2020. However, despite advances in vaccines and treatments, infection rates have been soaring to their highest levels ever. Fearing that the causes for this are becoming more social than medical, the 74-year-old virologist is taking the fight against COVID-19 to an arena way outside his comfort zone: the Internet.”

Fierce Pharma: Show me the funny: FDA social media account gets spunky, adding wit and wordplay to combat misinformation

Fierce Pharma: Show me the funny: FDA social media account gets spunky, adding wit and wordplay to combat misinformation. “Last week, the FDA Twitter account posted, ‘You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.’ The post linked to an article discouraging use of ivermectin, commonly used to treat parasites in animals, to treat COVID-19. Spurred by serious reports of people hospitalized after self-medicating with the veterinary drug, the cheeky tweet contained a serious message. And that’s the point, says the FDA.”

Bloomberg: Who Runs Twitter’s @Twitter?

Bloomberg: Who Runs Twitter’s @Twitter?. “For most of its existence, the company used its formal Twitter accounts the way you’d expect a large, public-facing company to use its Twitter accounts. Tweets were long, and the language was formal. Then in late 2018, the company adopted a more conversational approach. Twitter’s tweets got shorter and wittier. They were suddenly topical, and sometimes downright funny. Twitter took on a voice that was noticeably self-aware, as was the case with Fleets.”