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Using Social Media to Battle Disparities in Health Care

Elizabeth Myung Sook Krause and I were on the same panel at the Grantmakers in Health annual meeting last month, and she began with typical self-deprecating humor.

“Being young and Asian, I know I’m supposed to be good with technology, but I’m really not,” she said, mentioning the decidedly low-tech cell phone she had just replaced. She got a nice laugh, but the truth is—technical or not—she is serving as program officer on the kind of social media project that will shape the new face of philanthropy. And, fittingly, she now possesses a shiny new iPhone.

Krause, a senior program officer for the Connecticut Health Foundation, is overseeing a project to motivate the public to take a stronger interest in the racial and ethnic disparities in health care delivery. What caught my attention is the heavy focus on using social media to complement offline efforts. Read the rest of this entry »

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