Monthly Archives: December 2012

MappyHealth: Tracking local health trends with Twitter

In March 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) hosted the Now Trending – #Health in My Community challenge. This opportunity allowed teams to use open source Twitter data to create a web based application that would automatically deliver a list of the top-five trending illnesses from a specified geographic area in a twenty-four hour period.

The winner of the challenge, MappyHealth, encourages local health departments to use the free web-based application to track health concerns in real time in their communities using Twitter.

Watch NACCHO’s ePublic Health Blog interview with the MappyHealth team and learn how your health department can start using this innovative tool to track local health trends!

Contact MappyHealth


Did you miss NACCHO’s Webinar on Public Health IT Preparedness: What LHDs Need to Do Now and Plan for the Future?

The webinar explored opportunities where local health departments can work with their state health departments, clinical partners and federal agencies to increase health IT workforce and technical capacity to achieve public health goals.

The speakers addressed the following questions:

  • What exactly should LHDs be doing to advance ePublic Health & Informatics within their departments and in coordination with health care partners?
  • Where and how can LHDs become more involved and demonstrate leadership?
  • Once an LHD is at the table, what should they articulate?
  • What should LHDs be doing now and planning for later?
  • How can LHDs measure their progress?


Claudia Blackburn, MPH, RNC, Health Director at Sedgwick County Health Department
Jon Rosell, Medical Society of Sedgwick County
James Coates, MS, RS, Informatician at Cuyahoga County Board of Health
Nedra Garrett, MS, Director of CDC’s Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office Division of Informatics Practice, Policy and Coordination

View archived webinar here. Have questions for our speakers? Type in your questions through our comment box and we will be sure to find you an answer.