With the spread of the internet, many healthcare organizations, community centers and public health officials had to adjusted to better serve their patients. What cause great concern to me in the age of this new technology is the accuracy of information being published. To be accepted by the public, the information needs to come from credible sources either a government agency or partnership between public and private.
I strongly believe that the government, through public health organizations should have the right to commandeer privately owned social media. The reason I’m supporting that idea is, in the event of a major public health catastrophic, access to any portion of the population can save thousands of lives. Also, it’s an important tool to educate young people regarding diseases and prevention since many of them are mostly actives social media user. Like the alert system with cellphones and TV’s, social media can serve the same purpose as a method of communication which can “delivered accurate, accessible, and actionable health information that is targeted or tailored” (www.healthypeople.gov/2020).
Upon discovered a potential serious infection disease in the local area, I would use all available media in partnership with the private sector. First, the broadcast system specially in the evening to get the attention of the baby boomers because they are still relied on normal evening news to learn new information. Second, I would use the print media for those who have no time at all but always on the run. Third, the social media to get those who are technology savvy and modern such example would be public transportation, almost everyone have their eyes glue on a smartphone.
Read the post from my classmate above and respond with an engaging critical thinking response. The answer has to be a minimum of 150 words and one peer-reviewed & scholarly reference and citation. Explain the extent to which you agree or disagree with my classmate’s thinking, and share additional insights you may have on the issues raised. Where possible, provide evidence.