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Using Web 2.0 Tools to Engage Students in Health Discussions

Virginia Hill (NIH Clinical Center)
Open Data and Web Services
Location: Ballroom A
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This rapid fire presentation will quickly present examples of how the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is reaching out to high school, college and graduate students using innovative tools. For example, the NIH Clinical Center used Google Groups to help medical and dental students network with each other before and after a large conference hosted by the NIH. We also used the site as a document sharing and discussion board tool. The purpose was not only to get them connected to the NIH, but also to each other as future colleagues. As another example, the National Institute on Drug Abuse at NIH created a software program that allows for live chat between expert addiction scientists on one end and high school students on the other. During the annual Drug Facts Chat Day, students ask questions of the experts in real time, thereby breaking down the taboo of talking about drugs and allowing students to hear scientifically accurate information.

This presentation at the Gov 2.0 Expo will explain the genesis of these ideas, how they helped, what the challenges were, and plans for expansion on Gov 2.0 activities. NIH is one of the most open-minded agencies when it comes to Gov 2.0—we are passionate about getting heath and medical knowledge to the public in an engaging way.

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Virginia Hill

NIH Clinical Center

Virginia Hill is a former Presidential Management Fellow and current public affairs professional at the National Institutes of Health. As a PMF, Virginia became fascinated with citizen engagement and open government and focused her rotations in communications and management analysis. In her current role, she works with the NIH Clinical Center’s Deputy Director to forge international partnerships and bring new and creative ideas to educational programs across the agency. She manages the office’s Twitter account (CCMedEd) and other outreach activities.

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