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September 29, 2011

#SMWhealth Wrap Up!

By Michelle Reid

What a great party! Thank you to everyone who came to eat, drink, learn, and discuss with us! We had a wonderful time. Besides the worldwide livestreaming audience, more than sixty people RSVPed to our event (and a few extra dropped in to say hello!)

We heard from four of our wonderful campaign partners: Ian Roe of I Have Immunity; Nimisha Mukerji of 65_RedRoses; Lisa Despins of the LACE Campaign; and Cindy Masaro of Dating Confidential. Each of them spoke about the value of social media in their work, whether it's supporting advocates, telling stories, or sharing information.

The audience at #SMWhealth

We are fortunate at Hello Cool World to have such an amazing team with diverse talents and backgrounds, but connecting at #SMWhealth with such an array of innovative, dedicated people who are all integrating social media into their health promotion activities was truly inspiring. I feel a passion energy for the work that Hello Cool World does because for the first time I was face-to-face with the members of the growing community of tech-savvy health advocates. I'm glad to know that there are so many of us, and that the nature of our work with social media allows us to communicate and share with an ever-expanding network.

Lisa Despins speaking about LACE at #SMWhealth

In addition to livestreaming, we were also encouraging people to live-tweet the party, using the hashtag #SMWhealth.


If you felt inspired by any of our campaigns, please don't hestitate to get involved! Visit our campaign page and learn more about our projects. Sign up with our mailing list to get regular updates! Visit us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. After all, if there's anything we learned from you on Friday, it's that there are a lot of passionate advocates for health using social media- so let's keep the conversation going!

Tag(s): Dating Confidential, health promotion, Hello Cool World, I Have Immunity, LACE campaign, Local Events and Parties, 65_RedRoses

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Michelle is a freelance writer and anthropologist with a Master of Public Health from UBC. Her passions are promoting health and building community. She's worked in grassroots community organizations in Vancouver, Victoria and Oceania.


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