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March 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm #94458
Greetings fellow members of the HHS in the Loop group! I think a great way for us to get started would be for each of us to introduce ourselves and share what brings us to this group. Feel free to also share your icebreaker of choice (hobby, plans for summer vacation, favorite color, random thought, etc.)- or not. 🙂
March 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm #94605
I will kick off the discussion-
Hi! I work in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs on the Web Communications Team. I am part of the HHS Center for New Media and I came to this group to help build a community of people at HHS that work, or are interested in working, on New Media/ Social Media projects. As a result of building a community, I would like to see people sharing experiences with New Media projects and collaborating on similar efforts. I would also like to know what I can do to help support and involve the HHS New Media community in the HHS Center for New Media.
Random Thought: I really like saying “HHS in the Loop Group”
March 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm #94603
Hi, I’m Eileen Brooks in the Office of Child Support Enforcement in ACF where I’m the division director over grants, training, technical assistance, our annual conference and collaborations with other programs. I’m very excited about the possibilities of new media to better connect outside the beltway. I see our customers in two groups. One is the states, tribes, counties, courts and other partners we work with in operating the child support program. The other group is the mothers and fathers the program serves. I’m looking forward to learning from and working with the HHS in the Loop group!
I’m a big fan of the University of Michigan! Go Blue!
March 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm #94601
Hi, I’m Myles Schlank, for now faceless. I work for Eileen Brooks and manage several grant programs including a small discretionary grant budget to encourage creative ideas that will germinate and spread.
Eileen did not have to threaten me with a low performance appraisal to join up since I’m interested in media and marketing and in HHS programs, especially as how they might connect with child support. I’m interested also in how programs work effectively.
I subscribe to FastCompany and Inc magazines looking for ideas I can apply to make our work get better results. I’m an INTJ who’s on facebook. And I’m rebuilding my saxophone-playing embechure (any musicians in town?).
March 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm #94599
Howdy! I’m Kaya Walton, one of the new kids in the Web Communications Division (ASPA) block. I’m their new Web Metrics Analyst. I am currently working with Kathryn and other folks from HHS Center for New Media on social media metrics reporting and analysis. I’m excited to learn more about what other folks at HHS are doing in terms of social/new media projects. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or ideas regarding social media metrics (or Web metrics in general).
My new year’s resolution this year was to watch less sports and TV — it has yet to be resolved.
March 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm #94597
Hi! I’m Tara and I work in the FDA for Office of Regulatory Affairs’s Division of Human Resources and Development. I run a new “baby” studio that allows us to create training videos for on-demand viewing and live streaming. I am also doing R&D on how we can use social media and virtual worlds to enhance our training programs. I’m a video kid in a web world, so I’m learning a lot… FAST!
Random Icebreaker: I have an adorable and highly spoiled Boston Terrier named Arthur Peabody. And if I had a super hero power, it would be SUGAR HIGH!!! (Which is sadly always followed by my own personal Kryptonite, sugar crash.)
March 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm #94595
Howdy howdy. I’m with the HHS Center for New Media (hhsCNM). My full acronym is HHS/OS/ASPA/WCD/hhsCNM – that last one is not an official acronym but branding is everything these days… In the office I fill a niche between web content management, social media communications strategy, and video/studio productions. I’m interested in helping build the HHS family and help connect related projects to increase the efficiency and efficacy of all of already awesome things that come out of this Department.
I love learning about pretty much everything. I could watch Ted TV all day everyday.
March 13, 2010 at 2:20 pm #94593
My background is in public health, and I worked at the local and state level in Indiana for 17 years. I am now working at University of Illinois at Chicago in the School of Public Health, and am pursuing a DrPH. I work full time at the school at the Center for Public Health Practice, where we focus on workforce development and leadership training. My current interests are in the area of health informatics and knowledge management. I became acquainted with GovLoop through the book, “Open Government,” from O’Reilly press that was recently published. I am somewhat new to the ideas presented, but have found inspiration in the ideas and the network in GovLoop….
March 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm #94591
You sound exactly like someone I could hang with! Nothing is better than TED.
March 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm #94589
Hi, my name is Heather Coleman and I am currently a strategic communications specialist for a small, woman-owned government consulting firm (CorpComm, Inc.) in Fredericksburg, VA. Most of our client work is with the Department of Defense, but one of our clients is health-related – we manage the website for the Defense Health Information Management System (http://dhims.health.mil). The two previous contractors that I worked for did a lot of work with HHS, specifically the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. I still have a lot of interest in health promotion and social marketing. Right now my focus areas are social media, web metrics and Microsoft SharePoint.
I’m a TV junkie and a few of my current faves are Fringe, Flash Forward, LOST and Heroes. I’m on a bit of a sci-fi kick when it comes to movies too. If you have a good one to recommend, let me know!
March 14, 2010 at 8:45 pm #94587
Hi New Friends,
I was Principal Investigator of the Community Partnership Grant Program, Justice Fellow at COPS, Director of Prevention for Santa Clara County, HHS Expert Panel Member on Training and Technical Assistance among many other related assignments. I run 3 groups on GovLoop: Social Networking in the Applied Setting, Evaluation, and Who Runs the Show. I’m fairly active on this site.
I also run a network for dog lovers in Portland, OR called pdxdog.com and love those pups.
I am very involved with the OGD, meeting new people and interested in making things work for real people in real communities in real time. I am also a strong evaluator, cross discipline thinker and collaborator.
I have something I want to request of the HHS Secretary. As someone who has worked for years with HHS, in one form or another, and received several special grants, I know you have some amazing work from prior years. This work is totally relevant today. I strongly suggest you take a look at projects, you have already funded, for information, wisdom, tools for capacity building, evaluation and program planning collaboratively. HHS has “led the pack” for many years, under the “prevention’ umbrella, which includes so many topics we are developing and talking about now. It would be a waste if we didn’t find it and use it if we can.
I believe strongly on building on work which has been done before, instead of funding and spending a similar dollar more than once. HHS has been a leader, in much of what is being discussed today. I absolutely know you have information, results, and outcomes, from previously funded grants and initiatives, we would all benefit by using. You have your hands on work, which is not time-based, and could save us a lot of time and money, if we look for it.
On another level, I would like to see social networking integrated into grant management as a tool which will save tons of money, build capacity, increase efficiency and outcomes and address a myriad of previously difficult grant problems.
I’m looking forward to being a good and active member.
March 14, 2010 at 9:53 pm #94585
“I believe strongly on building on work which has been done before, instead of funding and spending a similar dollar more than once.”
—> On behalf of all the taxpayers out there, let me say: Yes! The question then becomes how do we find knowledge of these past projects? And what can we do now on our current projects to help future efforts carry on our newest lessons learned?
March 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm #94583
TED is amazing! This is the most recent one i watched and it happens to be public health related – but then again, just about everything is ‘public health related’ if you’re definition of ‘public health’ is wide enough…
Gary Lauder’s new traffic sign: Take Turns
March 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm #94581
I work in the Seattle, Region X, ACF, Head Start office. Our office is about as far from D.C. as you can get! I would love to learn about new media/social media as a way to connect with other HHS employees around the country. It’s very difficult to know what’s going on or feel connected as a community. I look forward to meeting and interacting with other “HHS folks in the Loop Group”.
March 15, 2010 at 12:56 am #94579
Nice to hear from you! I think most of us are in the learning stages, but I think GovLoop will help us get going. Do you know Linda Gillett? She’s the child support program manager in Seattle.
March 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm #94577
Michelle Powell JadczakParticipant
Hi, I’m happy to join! I work at the Administration for Children and Families, in the Office of Community Services. I currently work on a grant program funded under ARRA, known as the Strengthening Communities Fund. The ultimate goal of this program is to build the capacity of nonprofits and State/local governments to better connect low income individuals to community resources.
I look forward to particpating in group discussions.
March 18, 2010 at 10:59 pm #94575
I work at a Center for Public Health Practice (Univ of IL-Chicago, School of Public Health), and we conduct training, workforce development and community projects related to public health and social services. Has this funding already been awarded? I would be interested in identifying potential partners in Illinois or Indiana.
March 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm #94573
The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement just issued this grant opportunity you might want to look at. It’s on family-centered approaches. Child support has a medical support component.
March 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm #94571
March 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm #94569
Hi! I work in the CDC Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, in the Communities of Practice Program, (CoPP or CoPs), a participatory environment for members to learn, share expertise, and develop informatics solutions to improve public health’s capacity to use and exchange information electronically. I’m currently helping to transform this collaboration model into a “hybrid” model which will include online knowledge networks and will support all of public health, (not just the informatics community).
Within my role at CoPs, I also perform a dual role as Tech-Support/Admin webmaster for a co-op project between CoPs and non-federal public health partners on phConnect.org, (which will become a space for ALL of public health collaboration). I was previously matrixed to the communications team for OSELS, working on some pretty cool web projects as well.
My background encompasses New Media/Social Media beta testing for commercial enterprise solutions, dating back to the beginning of Web 2.0 as well as online collaboration projects that formed the beginning of Gov 2.0.
I was one of the originial GovLoop Community Leaders and previously served as the Public Information Officer and Media Coordinator for the newly reorganized West Virginia Office of Community Health Systems and Health Promotion (WV OCHSHP) and the Public Information Officer and Media Coordinator for the West Virginia Office of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
I have owned and operated Digital Touch Design Solutions, (a full service media agency for 16 years, closed in 2009), and have worked for a music production within Sony Music Southwest (consolidated in 1998).
Hobbies include: Virtual environment projects, music production, software testing, and media design. Looking forward to getting into new projects!
March 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm #94567
I’m so glad to learn about your work at CDC. I work at the Univ of Ill at the School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Practice as a Research Specialist and Coordinator for a CDC-funded regional leadership institute. I have worked in Indiana in local and state public health from 1988-2005, and as you know, our former Health Commissioner (Dr. Monroe) is the new OSTLTS Director. I think you’ll find her to be an exemplary leader. She did a lot for Indiana. Anyway, I am in the DrPH program at UIC, with an area of emphasis in public health informatics. I am in the process of preparing my dissertation proposal, which will be related to how public health engages emerging Health Information Exchanges. This will center around the new “Effective Use” standards related to public health. I would really like to run some ideas past you if you are open to it.
On a related note, I am involved with the National Public Health Leadership Development Network (NLN) on the technology committee. This work addresses the use of social media and web technology in training and public health workforce development. Our conference is this April 28-30 in Nebraska City (Dr. Monroe was invited, but I’m not sure if she’s able to attend). You are more than welcome to attend, and it might make sense to have a conversation regarding your work at CDC, and how we might integrate that with work being done in the regional leadership institutes.
Let me know if you’re interested in the conference, and I can forward you the registration information. Hope to talk to you soon.
March 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm #94565
I would love to offer you assistance, but I would want to refer you to one our public health partners for the type of expertise you are needing, (I help provide the “technical” collaboration expertise to those working in the public health field).
I would suggest you begin to collaborate within phConnect, which is currently informatics-focused. If you check out the many Communities of Practice, you will find that they are developing solutions within your exact area of study.
I hope that helps! 🙂
March 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm #94562
Hey Adam, thanks for introducing yourself and for helping make GovLoop happen in the first place. While my background is nowhere near informatics – bio (undergrad), health policy (grad), comm strategy? (now) – the field is very cool and I’ve found it being a critical part of many of my (non-work related) projects. Plus TED keeps me interested!
Seeing your interest in virtual environment projects, I assume you’re aware of NCI’s CancerSpace?
March 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm #94560
I work for the Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) National Resource Center. SCF builds the capacity of nonprofit social service organizations and particularly their ability to collaborate within human service networks. My organization has deployed community of practice technologies for itself and for grantees in SCF and elsewhere.
Interested in discussions of how the CoPs and new/social media can be used to strengthen inter-organizational networks!
March 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm #94558
I am interested in the same ideas applied to public health networks, which of course intersect directly with social service organizations. The new book by Etienne Wenger, “Digital Habitats” was very helpful for me in conceptualizing how the various social media might fit together in support of COPs. We are also working on a knowledge management project applied to an inter-organizational network. I would be interested in learning more about your work.
March 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm #94556
I am an Instructional Designer/ Systems Specialist working with Tara at the FDA. I work primarily on distance learning projects for training. I come to the government from Academia where I worked as an Instructional Development Specialist. There, I collaborated with faculty to incorporate many new media and emerging technologies into their courses in an intellegent and meaningful way. There are so many ways these technologies enhance formal and informal learning. I would love to bring New Media technologies into the work I do for the government, but need help navagating the challenges put forth by 508 compliance, IT software limitations, and several other hurdles.
I look forward to working with folks. If nothing else, I’ve got lots of ideas, but no idea how to implement!
Random fact: I am a Disney World junkie, and not too ashamed to admit it!
March 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm #94554
Great to hear from you and welcome aboard! Many of us are still in the “ideas” phase, but starting to figure out steps toward implementing. Of course some agencies are way past that already!
March 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm #94552
I’m the Web 2.0/New Media lead here in the FDA’s Office of the Commissioner / Office of Public Affairs / Web Communications (*whew*).
I’ve been in this position for about 15 months, having previously spent 12 years as the Director of Internet Services (straddling both IT and communications) for a middling sized HHS contractor. I chair our Agency’s New Media Council and I’m involved in a variety of projects from web governance, through implementation of social and new media projects.
Icebreaker time – I’m an avid gamer (all types from electronic to euro style board games), and I ‘m a magician (though I no longer make a living at it ;-))
March 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm #94550
Yeah, I’ve heard of it- but haven’t experienced it. Thanks for the .pdf!
March 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm #94548
I work in academia as a Project Coordinator in a HRSA-funded public health training center (Univ of IL at Chicago). I am also involved in distance education and blended learning instructional design. Let me know if you’d like to email/chat about our mutual interests. A good book I recently read was “Digital Habitats,” by Etienne Wenger. The U of I system also supports faculty and staff with an online learning/instructional design certificate that integrates technology and distance education…
March 24, 2010 at 1:06 am #94546
My name is Andrew Wilson and I work in SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Office of Communication and I am doing my best to convince everyone that my title is New Media Strategist :).
Prior to coming to SAMHSA, I was part of HHS’s Center for New Media and was involved significantly in the New Media outreach that our office did around H1N1 and Flu.gov. Last week, I was fortunate enough to speak (along with colleagues from CDC and NLM) about this work at the South by Southwest (SXSW) interactive festival in TX – When Swine Flew: Embracing Innovation in H1N1 Response. I am also part of a Federal Web Managers Subcouncil looking at the use of social media in government.
Admittedly, my use of Govloop has been somewhat sporadic but I am thrilled to see a group of colleagues here and will absolutely make more of an effort to engage here as much as possible. Alternatively, I’m usually very accessible via Twitter at @andrewpwilson and let me know if you are active there and I will be happy to follow.
March 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm #94544
Andrew- you are still part of the HHS Center for New Media- as an extended arm in SAMHSA at the very least.
April 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm #94542
Wendy AFG StengelParticipant
Hi, I’m Wendy Stengel, a Senior User Experience Consultant/Information Architect with Aquilent. I’m currently working with the Office of Web Communications at HRSA, on the Web Content Transformation Strategy project.
I’ve been researching online communities of interest for over a decade now, and participating in them since 1992, which means that my online presence is now old enough to vote.
I’m a member of the Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society (singing, dancing, acting, sewing), I have a fondness for quirky musical instruments (ukulele, concertina, melodica), and I make a mean meatloaf.
April 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm #94540
Hi everyone – I’m a contractor working on a contract with HHS’ Office on Women’s Health (http://www.womenshealth.gov). I’m currently working on a redesign of the site and as result find myself looking to GovLoop for best practices and intuitive ways to integrate open government and web 2.0 policies into the site. And you don’t disappoint!
Icebreaker – I like tomato soup, ketchup, and spaghetti sauce. I don’t like tomatoes. :~D
April 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm #94538
I am Maggie Wynne and I’m at the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division. I am also a 2009-2010 Excellence in Government Fellow and part of a results project team looking at how ACF can become more engaged with the public and program beneficiaries through social media. I’ll be interested to see how other agencies and offices developed their communications strategy and decided on one or more type(s) of new/social media to communicate with the public and others.
April 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm #94536
Nice to see you here. Here’s a little after-action report from NIAID:
As you know, when H1N1 started to soar, NIAID’s list of subscribers through GovD soared along with it. About 20,000 people signed up to get emails linking them to the latest on flu research. Apparently most are still interested because they have not (yet) unsubscribed, which I must confess surprised me a bit. We expected it to drop off quicker.
My best guess is that because we are not sending out a high volume of emails anymore, their interest level matches our “push” level. There are a lot of interesting study results coming out, so we must have found our core audience of self-selectors.
I do look forward to hearing what you’re up to at SAMHSA.
April 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm #94534
Is it possible to get the proceeding transcripts for this session?
April 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm #94532
R. Ann AbercrombieParticipant
I work in the OS/OPHS/Office on Women’s Health. I manage the projects around womenshealth.gov, girlshealth.gov, couldihavelupus.gov, and bestbonesforever.gov as well as several other projects in the OWH. We have been slowly moving toward integrating social/new media into the website/communication projects and I though this would be a great venue to hear some lessons learned, and share some just as soon as I learn one! 🙂
April 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm #94530
R. Ann AbercrombieParticipant
Holly, you’re amazing and a joy to work with. Ann
April 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm #94528
Hi! I am a community services program specialist in the Office of Community Services at the Administration for Children and Families. I work on the Assets for Independence Program, an asset development program for low-income individuals and families. Assets for Independence uses special matched savings account to help participants save for a home, business capitalization or post-secondary eduction. Previously, I worked in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families in the Family and Youth Services Bureau. I am a graduate of the Presidential Management Fellows program (class of 2005).
Random icebreaker: Senior year of high school, I was voted “most likely to be involved in a government conspiracy.” 🙂
April 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm #94526
Anne Pavuk WrightParticipant
My name is Anne Pavuk Wright and I’m a freelance writer and editorial consultant for several HHS agencies, including ACF, AHRQ, SAMHSA and NIH. Since I help create and edit web content and communicate information to consumers and professionals, I’m very interested in developments in the world of new media. Things happen so quickly it’s often hard to keep up! I’m looking forward to learning a lot. Thanks for creating this forum!
May 12, 2010 at 1:21 pm #94524
Robert D LevyParticipant
Good morning HHS Loop-ers,
My name is Rob Levy, and I am interested in all things related to NHIN and general health information exchanges. I have supported Air Force, DoD, and VA health information projects and services for the past 25 years – my how times does fly.
May 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm #94522
Deanna N. K. StephensParticipant
Hi Everyone! My name is Deanna Stephens. I work in the Office of Communications at SAMHSA. Unlike our awesome New Media Strategist Andrew (I can vouch that the title is sticking), I am a Program Analyst. Currently, a good portion of my time is being spent analyzing the various ways SAMHSA communicates with its external constituents (media, grantees, service providers, etc.). However, I’d also like to get more involved in SAMHSA’s New Media/ Social Media projects as our strategy and presence develops.
Prior to joining HHS I worked in advertising as a Word of Mouth Marketing associate. Our over-arching focus was building real, long-term relationships with current or potential customers (reaching them through whatever nontraditional channel was appropriate – grassroots, social media, blogging, etc.). That work really showed me the importance of finding and engaging with the appropriate audience, reaching them with a relevant message, in the space that is most convenient for them.
I’m a big fan of NOT re-creating the wheel, so I’m interested in learning about the various ways everyone has been engaging with their agency’s constituents whether they were successes or failures. Oh, and I’m also on Twitter @WOMMDee. I’m trying to transition from listener to content contributer.
May 26, 2010 at 6:11 pm #94520
Hello – I am Deanne Kasim and I am Senior Partner at Santesys Solutions, a woman-owned small business providing management consulting, marketing and communications services to healthcare-related and health information technology (IT) organizations. Since 2002 I have been supporting the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on a variety of marketing, communications and subject matter expert services on the topics of patient safety, quality of care, prevention, and health IT.
My company also supports many private sector clients and other government contractors. I look forward to good discussions on this group, particularly as all of us continue to work in an era of health reform and the increased adoption of various health IT applications.
June 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm #94518
My name is Heather Heater and I am Health Educator at the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR. I work in the Early Childhood Services (ECS) program. ECS provides maternity and infant case management to women and children living in Multnomah County.
One of my principle roles as the health educator is to evaluate and implement system-wide approaches to health education, including use of new media to engage communities and promote maternal and child health. One of my current projects is community-wide promotion of text4baby (http://www.text4baby.org) — an excellent example of innovative use of technology for health promotion. A significant challenge for me (and our communities) is grappling with the digital divide — how to equitably approach mobile/web-based health promotion in a context of unequal access.
A little about me personally: I just recently joined a Dragon Boat team (padding) called the Green Microdragons. I’ve done recreational canoeing all my life but never paddled competitively before, so it’s a HUGE challenge for me. The team is sponsored by my partner’s gym, the Green Microgym, which is one of the first green gyms in the world! When you work out on the bikes you generate electricity. It’s rad: http://thegreenmicrogym.com.
On why I’m here: GovLoop has been an excellent networking space for me. I’ve “met” lots of cool folks working throughout the country and have effectively used this space to get feedback on using social media for health promotion and the development and implementation of social media policies and strategic frameworks. It’s a way for me to connect with folks who may be a step ahead in terms of planning and evaluation and I’ve gained incredible insight into how to approach this work through discussions I’ve had or read.
I look forward to robust discussions and friendly debate.
Heather Heater, MPH
July 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm #94516
Hello everyone, my name is AJ Malik. I am the Enterprise Cloud Services Architect for Arlington County Gov. Besides being a stakeholder in Cloud Computing, I also embrace social media/web 2.0, and the semantic web/web 3.0 – which are of growing interest to federal, state, and local gov. As a future-state, transformational IT leader, I leverage paradigm shifts in technology, to focus exclusively on proactive, leveraged, long range mission, vision impact. I infuse technology-powered business objectives into strategy. I improve processes in a tactical and strategic manner. I transform work culture into creativity, collaboration, and innovation, empowering teams and partnering with others to attain the best value for the highest level of service and function. The bottom line: providing unanticipated value to customers. I look forward to connecting with you on GovLoop, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter.
July 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm #94514
My name is Vicky Marquez and I work at the Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau. I am currently the project officer for Runaway and Homeless Youth grants and Mentoring Children of Prisoners grants. I also manage the MCP T&TA contract. It was great to read through all the introductions and recognize names and offices across ACF and HHS. Makes it feel like HHS isn’t that big when I can go through 4 pages of introductions and recognize the majority of people/offices.
Icebreaker: I love the beach and LOVE to travel. I studied in Rome and have traveled all over Europe, Central and South America. In Dec I had the opportunity to go to Borneo, which is where they filmed the first season of Survivor.
October 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm #94512
Hi. I’m Elaine Blackman and I work in the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement. I primarily edit and produce the national monthly newsletter “Child Support Report,” and write (and ghost-write) articles for other internal and external publications. We are at last delving into social media. I am moderator for an intranet blog, soon to move to the Internet. I also produce “Chirps,” an e-mail version of tweets “penned” by the commissioner (our agency director), and work closely with our web team on new projects such as “FacePlace,” an internet photo directory we developed to improve internal communication and collaboration. What continues to baffle me, however, is the lengths to which our managers must go to start any sort of new media tool. Is HHS not trickling down the message that communications, along with its technical and personnel requirements, should be a priority for dozens of reasons that Govloop bloggers and so many others consistently prove?
October 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm #94510
My name is Tom Schankweiler and I am the new and first Chief Information Security Officer for the Office Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO). I just recently joined GovLoop and looking for a variety of active communities to be interactive with. I am looking forward to getting to know you.
November 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm #94508
Karen Kanne NgoweParticipant
I’m Karen Kanne [KAY-nee] Ngowe [nnn-GO-way] and I am a senior instructional technologist at the CDC (sounds WAY cooler than the official Health Education Specialist, eh?), where I design and build e-learning products, explore Web 2.0 (Learning 2.0?), virtual worlds, and other emerging technologies for learning applications. My formal educational background is in adult ed, ed admin, ed tech, applied linguistics/TESOL, and vocal performance (former operatic mezzo-soprano). My current major project will involve the incorporation of social media and learning 2.0 elements in a public health learning content portal. Best. Job. Ever. 😀
Looking forward to trying to be more active in GovLoop and collaborating with my colleagues out there (i.e., YOU!). I’m also interested in getting a learning-design focused group together on GovLoop, if one does not already exist, but may narrow this to public health learning or even something HHS-wide. Interested in your thoughts/opinions and leads on this (hate to reinvent wheels).
November 8, 2010 at 8:37 pm #94506
How has been going, Read? Any new exciting projects you guys are working on?
November 15, 2010 at 11:45 pm #94504
Kathryn, Thank you so much for the warm welcome and the opportunity to introduce myself.
My name is Carla and I’m the co-founder of Bixal. Bixal is an 8(a) certified small business focused on providing culturally-relevant communications and innovative technology services (web, social media and mobile) to help our clients engage and serve the growing Hispanic community.
I joined this group to listen and learn more about the how we might be of service to HHS and its many sub-agencies, and I look forward to getting to know the members of this group!
Random fact: Government in Spanish is Gobierno, and that’s why I created the group GobiernoLoop. Check it out when you have a chance.
November 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm #94502
Hey Adam. There are a few cool long-term projects on in this office, though my involvement is kind of in and out. Much of it centers around the constant growth of HealthCare.gov and the many pieces around it. What about you? Exciting CDC activities?
I’m also not on GovLoop too often, so apologies for the slow reply. I’m much fast on twitter 🙂 @ReadG
November 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm #94500
Hi! I’m Lauren, and the Manager of Online Strategy for GovLoop. And first, I must say, what an awesome group! I also LOVE TED talks and everything creative and ideas-based. I regularly read the99percent, which is a fantastic website that helps put creativity into action. Look forward to participating with you all!
November 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm #94498
Lisa Maureen ColeParticipant
I’m a new Fed at the National Cancer Institute, working as Communications Director for the Center for BioMedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT), with primary responsibility for the caBIG program (cancer biomedical informatics grid.) We are building a community of cancer researchers and bio-informaticians who use our software to share their data and research with others doing similar work in other cancer research organizations. Our goal is to accelerate the “bench-to-bedside” research process and bring solutions to patients faster than would otherwise be possible. We are planning to launch a social media strategy in the not-too-distant future, including a blog, Twitter, and eventually Facebook channels. Very exciting stuff, of which I am proud to be a part! Hoping to meet more social-media minded Feds here in this space to share info and best practices….
Thx everyone! Post on my wall or send me an email, I’d love to connect…
November 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm #94496
Nicholas S GarlowParticipant
Hi everyone! My name is Nicholas Garlow and I’m a fall intern with the Web Communication/New Media Division at HHS.
This is quite long overdue, since I started this internship in September. I’m working with Read Holman and Kathryn Hambleton doing an audio podcast on new media (http://newmedia.hhs.gov) and also learning web about analytics with Kaya Walton.
As far as my background goes, I grew up in a small town in NH called Contoocook before moving to Boston to study journalism at Emerson College. I lived there for the past three years (2 on beautiful beacon st. by Fenway Park…or I guess I should say…Fenway Pahk) before moving to DC for the fall semester.
I came to Washington, and specifically, HHS, to learn more about the web, which I sure have. I’ve met very intelligent people, had the chance to connect with a lot of diferent government employees and continue to soak up information like a sponge.
November 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm #94494
Hello. I just started with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, but I have a public health background. Current interests: global health, public nutrition, built environment, health policy.
November 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm #94492
Hello everyone! I work at the National Institutes of Health under the Office of Director, I am a Change Management Specialist for Office of Strategic Planning for Administration. I have been working for NIH for over 6 years and worked for a government consultant group for two years. I moved to the Maryland area 8 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii. I know… what was I thinking?!!! I ask myself that question every winter :). I was born and raised on an island in the pacific and wanted to explore the rest of the united states. As you can see by my picture, I am an avid martial artist and fitness junkie. I am a blackbelt in karate, I have been doing cardio kickboxing for over 7 years, I am a whitebelt in Brazilian Jiu Jitzu, and I also teach yoga. Hope everyone had a great holiday! Aloha!
November 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm #94490
Although I participate in a number of other social networking sites, I have been slow on the “uptake” with GovLoop. I am glad that I discovered this group. I am a Knowledge Services Librarian at the NIH Library. We have re-energized our Emerging Technologies group and for 2011 we are focusing on mobile computing and new media.
December 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm #94488
I was a was a videographer for the past 2 TedxPeachtree events…awesome talks
February 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm #94486
Exciting CDC activities? YES! I want to talk to you about something huge I’m working on. I would like to involve you from the beginning, if you’re interested. I’ll send you a tweet to connect.
February 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm #94484
I manage the Web and social media content for AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange, which has more than 550 innovations and 1575 QualityTools (http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov). I often have social media questions since our strategies are evolving. I also have two adorable Calico cats and like to hike, dance, and bike.
Speaking of social media questions: Are there tools anyone has found that save-time for audience analysis on Twitter and monthly data collection? Also interested in deeper engagement with audience if someone wants to share strategies or recommend a good consultant.
February 10, 2011 at 3:16 am #94482
Hi! My name is Bradley Martin. I am the Accreditation Manager and Chief Policy Writer for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Back in 2010 I applied for and was deemed a Finalist for the HHS Emerging Leaders Class of 2012. Unfortunately, since I live in Georgia, I only applied to Atlanta positions. When it came down to hiring me in Atlanta there were no positions. I also interviewed at HHS HQ in DC last year for a position in Secretary Sebelius’ Program Integrity Initiative. I think HHS does a tremendous job of using new media/social media. I hope to join HHS one day. I have experience in various administrative positions and served as a Child Protective Services Investigator for a while. I want to give some encouragement and praise to the staff of the HHS Center for New Media. I think the HHS Center for New Media could be a building block for other government agencies. The State of Georgia does a woefully inadequate job of utilizing social media. Please everyone keep me in mind for contractor or federal government positions in Atlanta if you hear of anything!
Random Thought: My high school and college nickname was Hobbit.
February 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm #94480
Joan Evans StillwellParticipant
Hi eveyrone 🙂 I’m new to govloop, so just starting to feel my way around. I am a Program Manager for the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals in Cleveland, Ohio. (HHS/OS/OMHA) Cooking is one of my passions, and I find its lots more fun for a group, than it is too cook just for me – so I share with friends and family.
March 18, 2011 at 1:51 am #94478
Anne Rittman RancourtParticipant
Hello all! I joined HHS in July 2010, working on communications for the Office of Recovery Act Coordination in OS. I am very lucky to learn more every day about the wonderful work going on across HHS as a result of Recovery Act funding, from research at NIH to prevention efforts at CDC to aid for kids and families at ACF.
Before coming to HHS, I was a contractor doing marketing and communications for EPA’s Energy Star program and several public health programs at EPA. I am excited to learn from all my new colleagues at HHS and find out more about the great work going on around the Department.
About me: I am originally from Florida, and I love orchids and pandas.
March 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm #94476
My name is Julie Horn. I am French, so excuse me for my spelling mistakes. I‘m human security consultant on social media. I am a specialist (master and unfinished PhD in political science) on cyberterrorism, the use of social media for human trafficking, extremists group, information security and international relations. I have my own business in Montreal since January. Before, I worked for the Government of Quebec. I joined this group for improving my English and having interesting discussions with quality professionals.
I’m glad to be with you!
April 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm #94474
Hi my name is Elizabeth Dunn and I work for the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. I am a Web Unit of one and am responsible for maintaining the public OASAS website in addition to our Intranet and 2 additional public websites that were launched over the last few years (one for recovery – IAMRECOVERY.com and a newer one for prevention – Talk2Prevent.com). While a majority of my time is spent on coordinating web updates, accessibility, usability, web analytics and web support, I’m always looking for new ways to leverage the web to increase exposure, improve customer experience and streamline business processes so we can do more with less. Although I no longer have the time to develop ColdFusion applications I still identify and submit application suggestions, much to the chagrin of our one ColdFusion developer. 🙂
I look forward to the collaboration and ideas.
April 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm #94472
What are you doing in Second Life? After a Social Media conference where I heard about CDC’s presence in Second Life, I thought it would be such a great idea to develop a Second Life location for the distribution of Alcohol and Substance Abuse related information. Considering the anonymity benefits afforded to an individual by their avatar, I thought maybe it would seem like a safe place to begin to explore the possibilities of getting help or at least be able to ask some questions or obtain information. Limited knowledge and time did not allow me to pursue this but I still like the concept. Is Second Life still popular – you don’t hear too much about it anymore and I haven’t been back in since I had to put this idea on the “back, back, back burner”.
April 18, 2011 at 2:54 am #94470
Hi, I am a board certified Chiropractor in GA also have finished MPH and looking to gain more experience in Public Health especially in the area of epi. Recently joined local Medical reserve corp. for emergency preparedness. Truly Govloop has provided exception suggestions that I can use for my professional growth and development. I am looking onsite training or fellowship near Atlanta. I do enjoy chiropractic which is great for providing services to individuals but looking to serve populations. Fortunately, I joined govloop and have opportunity to chat with truly great folks who are ready to help newcomers like us. Thanks you all.
June 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm #94468
Hi Fellow HHS Colleagues –
This looks like a great resource! I’m looking forward to participating in the group.
July 1, 2011 at 5:26 am #94466
Hi Tara, good to “see” an FDA’er around here 🙂 …. I was last week taking a training in ORAU… one of my career goals in the future is to be a trainer for DHRD! I work for ORA also, I’m in the San Juan District Office.
July 1, 2011 at 5:32 am #94464
Hi all!!! I work for FDA under their Office of Regulatory Affairs in the San Juan District Office, Investigations Branch. I am a Consumer Safety Technician and currently acting Consumer Complaint Coordinator. I really love my job, the work we do for the public is amazing and makes me so proud to be part of this. I am looking forward to continue fostering my relationships with other members of the agency, I love networking, it’s always good to meet new people with same interests.
A little bit of me… I am currently in grad school pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Technology Management… I’ve been to the DC area many times doing trainings and I just love it!! I wish some day I can move to work to that area, even though, I love the Puerto Rico weather!!!
January 15, 2012 at 5:47 am #94462
Greetings, fellow HHSers –
I’m so glad to find this group as part of my peripatetic wanderings through GovLoop. Being in HHS but outside of a public health agency, and outside DC, it gets lonely up 95 in Baltimore. . . .
Anyway, I’m with HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of Clinical Standards & Quality (OCSQ). HR calls me a “Health Insurance Specialist,” but my friends and foes call me the program manager for OCSQ’s burgeoning communications team. We started as a 1-woman shop and have grown to 3 DIYers who have a passion for connecting our experts and resources in CMS/OCSQ with the “real world” of healthcare delivery at the bedside in order to improve care quality for Medicare beneficiaries, and hopefully, for us all.
We partner with CMS’ Office of Communications on a heck of a lot, but we’re still strongest in the “traditional media” sense. (We can write Q&A and press releases about regulations till the cows come home!) But we know that the times are a-changin’.
I’m particularly excited about leveraging social media as a mechanism to bring our program experts together with patients and caregivers on the front-lines of care. My group manages 53 Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and 18 End-stage Renal Disease Networks across the country, all of whom are tasked with partnering at the individual facility and clinician level to make the National Quality Strategy a reality. In 2012, social media HAS to be a part of that.
You can learn more about me and get my social media deets at http://about.me/kellymanderson. Please be in touch if you’re working in the health quality space–would love to compare notes with you and find ways for us to work more synergistically across OPDIVs!
February 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm #94460
Hello All! I’m the social media lead for FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. I look forward to working with and learning from this group!
I have been here about 5 months now and am working on getting our overall social media strategy more fleshed out and expanding they ways we engage all of our stakeholders. We have many exciting ideas in the works and I hope to hear what you’re working on as well! You can also connect with me on Twitter @MurrayComm and LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/murraycomm
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