Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 1-2 pm ET
Topic: Real Talk with Dr. Offutt: The Power of Social Media to Promote Teen Health
As parents and as healthcare providers, we’d like to see teens take more responsibility for their own health. Laura Offutt is a physician and the mother of two teens. Driving car pools, she overheard many conversations. She was surprised to discover that many concerned health issues—not so surprised to hear that most were going online for answers to their questions. Visiting teen health websites, she discovered that many addressed a single issue, and many were mainly advertisements. Laura will join the call to describe how she developed a web-based teen health platform, learned to use social media, and found a voice that teens would listen to.
Laura Offutt, MD received her BA from Columbia University in NYC and her MD at Northwestern University in Chicago. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where she stayed on as a member of the academic faculty. Subsequently Dr. Offutt has had numerous medical roles in clinical research, drug safety and medical consulting.
Her most recent adventure has been harnessing the power of social media to reach teens with accurate information, online, where they spend much of their time. Since nearly 100% of teens go online for answers to health questions, she is passionate about insuring that they find their way to accurate information. To do this, she created Real Talk with Dr. Offutt, a web-based teen health platform that consists of a blog-based, interactive website and social media presence. She creates and curates teen health content across a broad range of topics, and interacts with teens both formally and informally seeking input regarding health questions, blog content, health messages, and delivery of information.
In addition to managing and generating content for Real Talk with Dr. Offutt, she sees patients as a volunteer physician at Community Volunteers in Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, The Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the College of Physicians Public Health Section.
Please bring your voice and your own experience to this important conversation