SMAHRT Conference

Using Social Media To Improve Health, Catalyze Research and Empower Communities

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SMAHRT is excited to announce that its inaugural summer conference will take place July 31-August 2, 2014. This 2 1/2 day conference will excite, educate, and empower attendees from diverse fields, including teachers and educators, health care providers, researchers, child health advocates, public health practitioners, and members of the legal, business, technology, and journalism communities.

Renowned leaders and researchers will gather to present and discuss many issues relating to social media and adolescent and pediatric health. Each of the three days will focus on different topics.

This conference also invites patients and parents from Seattle Children’s Hospital to contribute to this shared learning experience. Conference attendees may choose to attend one day of interest, or all three days.


Day 1: Research methods in social media

The first day of the conference will focus on conducting research using social media. Sessions will include:

  • Research methods using social media for recruitment, content analysis, and more
  • Research dissemination via social media
  • IRB and regulatory policy considerations for social media research

Day 2: The intersection of health and social media: Hot Topics

The second day of the conference will focus on key areas of health that are influenced by social media. Sessions will include:

  • Depression and social media
  • Substance use displays on social media
  • Cyberbullying
  • Problematic internet use
  • Improving fitness using social media

Day 3: Community voices and new opportunities

The third day of the conference will focus on social media and health within the community. Content will include discussions of opportunities to use social media to disseminate health education, advocate for child health, and empower parents. We will address the future role of social media in health and research by inviting panels of patients and parents from Seattle Children’s Hospital to discuss their experiences and ideas for shaping the future of social media in health. The goal is to conclude the conference with a focus on opportunities for future work.