Kayla Tunehag (’22 PharmD/MSPH Candidate) shares about managing global health social media during COVID-19.
As student members of ACCP, we are able to join one of their Practice and Research Networks (PRNs). These are like clinical interest groups that interact via email, webinar, and social media about all things relevant to that area of practice. I have been a member of the global health PRN for about two years now. I am very interested in this area of practice, so it has been a great resource for me to learn more about this career path.
At the start of this year, the PRN leader was seeking students to act as social media liaisons for the global health PRN. I was immediately interested in taking a more active role, and I volunteered to be one of the students managing the social media accounts. We each took on one month at a time and split up the months of 2020.
My month fell during the onset of COVID-19. This was a tremendous learning opportunity, as I was responsible for posting across three platforms several times per week. I discovered multiple new resources for current global health news, and I greatly enjoyed staying up to date, especially during a time when the health-scape of the world was changing almost daily. The goal is to find recent clinical advancements around the world and global health updates which might impact medications and the pharmacy profession. It has been a pleasure to help keep pharmacists and pharmacy students informed and engaged in global health, and I have learned a lot through the process!