The International Health Section Communications Committee’s primary purpose is to effectively harness technologies and communication platforms to advance the Section’s vision and mission.
The Communications Committee accomplishes this purpose via two goals:
- Provide transparency, in order to maintain and enhance Section member trust and involvement, by keeping members up to date on Section governance and activities.
- Serve as the public face of the Section by showcasing its members’ perspectives and expertise.
Purpose: IH Connect is the Section’s website. It contains information about the Section’s vision and mission, leadership, and major activities, and it links to information and documents about the Section’s history and operations. It also serves as a platform for Section membership to share opinion pieces, relevant news to the Section and the field of global health, and other items of interest. It links to the Section Twitter feed, the Facebook page, the YouTube channel, APHA Connect, and the Section’s webpage on the APHA website.
Policy: In general, information shared through IH Connect includes, but is not limited to: 1) Original commentary and informative pieces on global health topics from IH regular contributors and guest bloggers 2) Relevant APHA and IH section news 3) External calls for internship and fellowship applications 4) Events, training opportunities, articles, and webinars which are of interest to a majority of members 5) “Notes from the Field” from IH section members
We cannot provide endorsement to any one product, program, or company. All submissions are subject to the review and approval of the Communications Committee chair(s).
APHA International Health Section Facebook Page
Purpose: The Facebook page is used to post news articles, videos, links to new IH Blog posts, and other notices relevant to the Section.
APHA International Health Section Twitter Feed
Purpose: The Twitter feed is used to post news articles, videos, links to new IH Blog entries, and other notices relevant to the Section.
APHA International Health Section YouTube Channel
Purpose: The Section’s YouTube channel contains short animated videos on individual Section committees, including their activities and advantages to getting involved. The YouTube channel should host videos with Section committee information and any audiovisual media created by Section committees or working groups.
Purpose: APHA Connect is APHA’s official platform for Section members to exchange ideas and information. Members sign in with their assigned APHA membership ID number and password to access the IH Section community. Members can submit message to the listserv, upload documents to the library, post to the Bulletin Board, or contribute to the wiki. Any messages submitted to the listserv must be approved by a moderator.
Policy: The e-mail listserv available through APHA Connect is a powerful tool to send information to all Section members, but only messages with highly relevant Section business should be approved so that members do not experience fatigue. Use of the email listserv is primarily targeted, but is not limited to, the sharing of: relevant Section business such as calls for abstracts, reviewers, award nominee submissions, fundraising information, or Section elections; internship and fellowship opportunities for students; announcements and opportunities that may be of interest to a wide range of section members; and topic-focused webinars. Any calls for legislative action should be directed to the section’s Advocacy and Policy committee. All potential submissions will be reviewed by a listserv moderator.
Because access to APHA Connect is restricted to Section members, it is an ideal repository for Section documentation, such as the Section manual, Committee and Working Group reports, and the Section budget.
Purpose: The IH Section website is hosted and administered by APHA. APHA launched new Section web pages in 2015, along with their branding overhaul. The website should contain the absolute basics on Section organization and activities. It should present the Section’s vision and mission, an explanation of the Section’s operational procedures and primary activities, an up-to-date list of Section committees and working groups, and contact information for those who want to learn more.
Volunteer with us!
The Communications Committee and the blog’s regular contributors are dedicated IH section member volunteers. If you would like more information about volunteering for the Communications Committee as a guest blogger, a regular blog contributor, or a special projects volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Communications Team
Sophia Anyatonwu, MPH
Committee Co-Chair, Social Media Manager
Jean Armas, MPH
Committee Co-Chair, IH Connect Website and APHA Connect List-Serv Manager
Christa Marie Cook
Contributor, Social Media Manager in Training
Cherrelle Dorelans, MPH
Contributor, Social Media Manager in Training
Jessica Keralis, MPH
IH bloggers and social media managers, visit the Communications Portal for resources and answers to frequently asked questions.