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Here's a selection of previous Twitter chats NICHD has participated in:
Teen Brain – May 19, 2015
To help parents and caregivers of teenagers better understand how the teen brain works, NICHD (@NICHD_NIH
) hosted a Twitter chat with ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor, Dr. Richard Besser (@ABCDrBChat
), the National Institute of Mental Health (@NIMHgov
) and the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health (@TeenHealthGov
). A few of the topics discussed included the brain's impact on emotion and behavior, how environmental factors like bullying impact the teen brain, and how parents can help teens make better decisions. Access a full transcript of the chat on
Infertility – April 20, 2015
In observance of National Infertility Awareness Week, the NICHD (@NICHD_NIH
) hosted a Twitter chat along with the HHS's Office on Women's Health (@womenshealth
), the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (@CDCChronic
), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (@Reprodmed
), and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association (@Resolveorg
). Over 260 participants shared important information about infertility with one million Twitter users.
Preterm Birth - November 19, 2014
In observance of Prematurity Awareness Month, the March of Dimes (@modhealthtalk) and NICHD (@NICHD_NIH) hosted a Twitter chat about preterm birth. Using the hashtag #preemiechat, participants discussed preterm birth risk factors and the research being done to help better understand and prevent preterm birth.
Safe Infant Sleep – October 7, 2014
In observance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month and the 20th anniversary of the
Safe to Sleep® campaign, the NICHD (@NICHD_NIH) and
Parents magazine (@Parentsmagazine) hosted a Twitter chat about safe infant sleep. Using the hashtag #safetosleep, participants discussed ways parents, caregivers, and health providers can help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
Childhood Obesity – September 9, 2014 In observance of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (@NCCOR) hosted a #childobesitychat about childhood obesity risk factors, research, and promising strategies.
Chat co-hosts included the NICHD (@NICHD_NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (@the_NCI).
Pregnancy – August 28, 2014
The NICHD, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Women's Health, and the March of Dimes hosted a #pregnancychat to discuss ways parents-to–be and healthcare providers can increase the chance of a healthy pregnancy for mom and baby. Parents-to-be and professionals discussed prenatal care, pregnancy risks, maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy, common pregnancy myths, and labor and delivery.
Men's Health/Minority Health – June 23, 2014
In observance of Men's Health Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (@MinorityHealth) hosted a Twitter chat on men's health focused on minority men. Government offices, non-government organizations, medical experts, and professional athletes participated in the hour-long discussion, using the hashtag #ManUpChat.
Men's Health – June 4, 2014
HealthCentral hosted a men's #HealthTipsChat to encourage men of all ages to take charge of their health. The chat was moderated by the Men's Health Network (@MensHlthNetwork).
Postpartum Depression – May 15, 2014 In recognition of National Women's Health Week, the National Institute of Mental Health (@NIMHgov) hosted a Twitter chat on postpartum depression. NIMH expert Dr. Peter Schmidt was on hand to discuss the topic and answer questions, using the hashtag #NIMHchats.
Women's Health – May 13, 2014 During National Women's Health Week, the NICHD participated in a Twitter chat to raise awareness about proactive steps women can take to improve their health. The chat was hosted by Everyday Health (@EverydayHealth), using hashtag #HealthTalk.
Infertility – April 23, 2014 During National Infertility Awareness Week, the NICHD hosted an #InfertilityChat to raise awareness about infertility, treatment options, and research.
Chat co-hosts included:
Teen Nutrition – January 22, 2014 The Office of Adolescent Health (@TeenHealthGov) hosted a #TeenNutrition chat to discuss best practices in nutrition for all adolescents, and what youth-serving programs and professionals can do to help teens adopt and maintain healthy nutrition habits.
Chat co-hosts included:
Bullying Prevention – October 29, 2013 The National Institute of Mental Health (@NIMHgov) and NICHD co-hosted a Twitter chat in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. NIMH's Dr. Christopher Sarampote and NICHD's Dr. Valerie Maholmes and Dr. Layla Esposito helped field questions, using the hashtag #NIMHchats.