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Health Department Use of Social Media to Identify Foodborne Illness — Chicago, Illinois, 2013–2014

An estimated 55 million to 105 million persons in the United States experience acute gastroenteritis caused by foodborne illness each year, resulting in costs of $2–$4 billion annually (1). Many persons do not seek treatment, resulting in underreporting of the actual number of cases and cost of the illnesses (2). To prevent foodborne illness, local health departments nationwide license and inspect restaurants (3) and track and respond to foodborne illness complaints. New technology might allow health departments to engage with the public to improve foodborne illness surveillance (4). For example, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene examined restaurant reviews from an online review website to identify foodborne illness complaints (5). On March 23, 2013, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and its civic partners launched FoodBorne Chicago (6), a website (https://www.foodbornechicago.org) aimed at improving food safety in Chicago by identifying and responding to complaints on Twitter about possible foodborne illnesses. In 10 months, project staff members responded to 270 Twitter messages (tweets) and provided links to the FoodBorne Chicago complaint form. A total of 193 complaints of possible foodborne illness were submitted through FoodBorne Chicago, and 133 restaurants in the city were inspected. Inspection reports indicated 21 (15.8%) restaurants failed inspection, and 33 (24.8%) passed with conditions indicating critical or serious violations. Eight tweets and 19 complaint forms to FoodBorne Chicago described seeking medical treatment. Collaboration between public health professionals and the public via social media might improve foodborne illness surveillance and response. CDPH is working to disseminate FoodBorne Chicago via freely available open source software.
(More from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Review, MMWR) 
(Images from FoodBorne Chicago)

Health Department Use of Social Media to Identify Foodborne Illness — Chicago, Illinois, 2013–2014

An estimated 55 million to 105 million persons in the United States experience acute gastroenteritis caused by foodborne illness each year, resulting in costs of $2–$4 billion annually (1). Many persons do not seek treatment, resulting in underreporting of the actual number of cases and cost of the illnesses (2). To prevent foodborne illness, local health departments nationwide license and inspect restaurants (3) and track and respond to foodborne illness complaints. New technology might allow health departments to engage with the public to improve foodborne illness surveillance (4). For example, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene examined restaurant reviews from an online review website to identify foodborne illness complaints (5). On March 23, 2013, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and its civic partners launched FoodBorne Chicago (6), a website (https://www.foodbornechicago.orgExternal Web Site Icon) aimed at improving food safety in Chicago by identifying and responding to complaints on Twitter about possible foodborne illnesses. In 10 months, project staff members responded to 270 Twitter messages (tweets) and provided links to the FoodBorne Chicago complaint form. A total of 193 complaints of possible foodborne illness were submitted through FoodBorne Chicago, and 133 restaurants in the city were inspected. Inspection reports indicated 21 (15.8%) restaurants failed inspection, and 33 (24.8%) passed with conditions indicating critical or serious violations. Eight tweets and 19 complaint forms to FoodBorne Chicago described seeking medical treatment. Collaboration between public health professionals and the public via social media might improve foodborne illness surveillance and response. CDPH is working to disseminate FoodBorne Chicago via freely available open source software.

(More from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Review, MMWR)

(Images from FoodBorne Chicago)

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Researchers at the University of Rochester have now been able to use Twitter to predict how likely it is for a Twitter user to become sick. After data analysis, the inferred pattern of disease spread led to the creation of an app showing the context of sick people with predictions of up to 8 days of future health at a 90% accuracy rate.

Tweeting For Public Health: Tracking Food Poisoning Via Social Media
Health geeks and Yelp restaurant reviewers, rejoice: A new machine learning system automatically datamines Twitter for food poisoning outbreaks.
Can Twitter be mined for information on food poisoning outbreaks? One Google data scientist thinks so. Adam Sadilek led a team at the University of Rochester that developed Nemesis (PDF), a machine learning system which asks “which restaurants should you avoid today?”
Using a set of keywords, Nemesis mines Twitter for geolocated posts that could be indicative of foodborne illness. In tests, tweets from New York were datamined and had metadata added indicating restaurants within 25 meters that were open at the time the user tweeted. A team of humans recruited via Mechanical Turk then came up with 27 words and phrases indicating food poisoning—things like “My tummy hurts,” “stomachache,” “throw up,” “Mylanta,” and “Pepto-Bismol.” Nemesis then assigned health scores to the nearby restaurants based on the proportion of food poisoning-inferring tweets.
The kicker for Sadliek’s experimental project is that the scores assigned to restaurants closely matched Health Department data: The inferred health scores from Nemesis correlated with the Health Department’s NYC letter grades for restaurants. According to Popular Science's Shaunacy Ferro, the paper will be presented at the Conference on Human Computation & Crowdsourcing in November.
(From FastCompany)
 
 

Tweeting For Public Health: Tracking Food Poisoning Via Social Media

Health geeks and Yelp restaurant reviewers, rejoice: A new machine learning system automatically datamines Twitter for food poisoning outbreaks.

Can Twitter be mined for information on food poisoning outbreaks? One Google data scientist thinks so. Adam Sadilek led a team at the University of Rochester that developed Nemesis (PDF), a machine learning system which asks “which restaurants should you avoid today?”

Using a set of keywords, Nemesis mines Twitter for geolocated posts that could be indicative of foodborne illness. In tests, tweets from New York were datamined and had metadata added indicating restaurants within 25 meters that were open at the time the user tweeted. A team of humans recruited via Mechanical Turk then came up with 27 words and phrases indicating food poisoning—things like “My tummy hurts,” “stomachache,” “throw up,” “Mylanta,” and “Pepto-Bismol.” Nemesis then assigned health scores to the nearby restaurants based on the proportion of food poisoning-inferring tweets.

The kicker for Sadliek’s experimental project is that the scores assigned to restaurants closely matched Health Department data: The inferred health scores from Nemesis correlated with the Health Department’s NYC letter grades for restaurants. According to Popular Science's Shaunacy Ferro, the paper will be presented at the Conference on Human Computation & Crowdsourcing in November.

(From FastCompany)

 

 

More Americans Using Mobile Apps in Emergencies







Red Cross poll shows social media and apps motivate people to prepare
Americans are becoming increasingly reliant on mobile devices during emergencies to provide information, useful tools and a way to let loved ones know they are safe, according to a new survey conducted by the American Red Cross.
Mobile apps now tie social media as the fourth-most popular way to get information in an emergency, following TV, radio and online news. The Red Cross survey found that 20 percent of Americans said they have gotten some kind of emergency information from an app, including emergency apps, those sponsored by news outlets and privately developed apps.
(From American Red Cross)
http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/More-Americans-Using-Mobile-Apps-in-Emergencies

More Americans Using Mobile Apps in Emergencies

Red Cross poll shows social media and apps motivate people to prepare

Americans are becoming increasingly reliant on mobile devices during emergencies to provide information, useful tools and a way to let loved ones know they are safe, according to a new survey conducted by the American Red Cross.

Mobile apps now tie social media as the fourth-most popular way to get information in an emergency, following TV, radio and online news. The Red Cross survey found that 20 percent of Americans said they have gotten some kind of emergency information from an app, including emergency apps, those sponsored by news outlets and privately developed apps.

(From American Red Cross)

http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/More-Americans-Using-Mobile-Apps-in-Emergencies


NPIN’s In the Know: Twitter for Public Health Webcast 2013
by CDC NPIN  on Feb 20, 2013



Slides from the first of six interactive webcasts in the series, In the Know: Social Media for Public Health. Each webcast focuses on a different social media channel and provides basic information, tips, success stories, and discussion on how best to use social media to promote public health and expand outreach initiatives.
(From CDC National Prevention Information Network- CDC NPIN)

NPIN’s In the Know: Twitter for Public Health Webcast 2013

by on Feb 20, 2013

Slides from the first of six interactive webcasts in the series, In the Know: Social Media for Public Health. Each webcast focuses on a different social media channel and provides basic information, tips, success stories, and discussion on how best to use social media to promote public health and expand outreach initiatives.

(From CDC National Prevention Information Network- CDC NPIN)

In the Know: Social Media for Public Health
Need to get up-to-speed on the latest in social media for public health?
Want to more effectively use social media for outreach, collaboration, or campaign promotion?
Have questions about specific social media channels?
Then NPIN’s In the Know webcast series is designed for you! In the Know: Social Media for Public Health is a series of six webcasts, each focusing on a different social media channel and providing basic information, tips, and hints for how to use them to meet your needs.
The webcasts are live events and will include presentations and an interactive section so you can ask questions and share information. The webcasts will be archived for viewing at a later date. Join us for the following sessions and spread the word to your colleagues.
(From CDC)

In the Know: Social Media for Public Health

  • Need to get up-to-speed on the latest in social media for public health?
  • Want to more effectively use social media for outreach, collaboration, or campaign promotion?
  • Have questions about specific social media channels?

Then NPIN’s In the Know webcast series is designed for you! In the Know: Social Media for Public Health is a series of six webcasts, each focusing on a different social media channel and providing basic information, tips, and hints for how to use them to meet your needs.

The webcasts are live events and will include presentations and an interactive section so you can ask questions and share information. The webcasts will be archived for viewing at a later date. Join us for the following sessions and spread the word to your colleagues.

(From CDC)

CDC recommends social media for teen pregnancy prevention and other ‘winnable’ health issues

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With over 50 Twitter accounts and 18 Facebook pages, it’s no secret — the CDC sees value in social media. Through just a handful of sites, they can reach and hear from millions.

“And that’s really the value and beauty of social media,” said Amy Heldman, the team lead for social media at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “It’s another way to disseminate information, one, and two, it’s a really great way to engage with our audiences.” 

The CDC regularly updates its website with social media guidelines and their own best practices for health communicators to reference, and social media has become increasingly present at the CDC’s annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media. 

Social media and teen pregnancy

This summer the CDC released its most recent verified data on teen pregnancy — nationally, from 2009 to 2010 the number of teen moms dropped 9 percent to roughly 34 girls in every 1,000. However, that number varies dramatically from state to state, so while certain regions saw significant declines others saw an increase. These national numbers have left some health communicators searching for new, better ways to reach teens.

The CDC suggests social media. 

“Last year we worked with the division of reproductive health at CDC to create a teen pregnancy social media toolkit,” said Heldman, “to collect all of our social media digital content around teen pregnancy and put it one place.”

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Using Twitter to Track Infectious Diseases
(From GOOD)

Using Twitter to Track Infectious Diseases

(From GOOD)

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How do you get young people in conservative cultures to wear condoms? Tweet about them.
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How do you get young people in conservative cultures to wear condoms? Tweet about them.

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