Dr. Julie Kinn

Julie T. Kinn, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the Deputy Director of the Mobile Health Program at theNational Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2). She oversees the development of mobile health applications to support the military community.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

Hashtags for Health: 5 Ways to Use Social Media for Health Promotion

Air Force provider checks vitals on an airman.

I am a reluctant newcomer to Twitter. Like many in my age bracket, I found it overwhelming and annoying at first glance. However, I’ve grudgingly become a regular user and now I think of tweeting as an additional opportunity to reach our health care teams and beneficiaries.

There’s more to social media than just getting the latest cool science updates from NASA or the operating status of the government. In fact, you can use social media to promote health and meet your team’s mission. Here are a few ideas:

How to Set Social Media Boundaries with Your Patients

As a health care provider, do your patients contact you using social media applications like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? While it may seem like a no-brainer that patients shouldn’t do this, we hear stories of social media intrusion every time we lead one of our T2 training sessions on integrating health care technology into clinical practice.

Pokemon GO: An Annoying Win for Mental Health

As both a psychologist and a gamer, I’m thrilled with the success of the mobile app Pokemon GO, the location-based, augmented reality game where players use their smartphones to locate virtual Pokemon characters in real-world locations. I’m guessing that you’re either playing the game yourself or have run across players. And I mean that literally: the game can be so absorbing that players walk into pedestrians, crash into police cars and have even been robbed. Sounds annoying, right?

A Skeptic Learns from Deepak Chopra - at a Military Health Conference

Dr. Julie Kinn with Dr. Deepak Chopra at DoD/VA Resilience Conference

While attending the first-ever Military and VA Resiliency Summit in San Diego last month, I had two epiphanies while listening to keynote speaker Dr. Deepak Chopra:

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