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!

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