The Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, in partnership with The Diabetes Influencers Network, is launching a series of Twitter chats from August through December 2016 geared to diabetes healthcare professionals. Topics will cover the gamut from using social media for career growth to helping clients accept the diagnosis of diabetes to offering guidance on healthy restaurant eating.
These lively Twitter chats will be facilitated by Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM. Warshaw is a Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute Faculty member and is serving during 2016 as president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
Our first Twitter chat took take place on Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 9:00 – 10:00 pm ET, 8:00 – 9:00 pm CT, and 6:00 – 7:00 pm PT. The topic was: How to Use Social Media to Enhance Your Career and Improve Diabetes Care. Following is a summary of that Twitter chat.
|laurenpincusrd||Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are easy platforms to share recipes with patients and colleagues #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||I was an early social media adopter, in 2009. As sole practitioner/consultant/writer, it’s a great way to connect. You? #DiabetesINFL|
|rebeccabitzerrd||#SocialMedia allows our business to reach those in need of our services and helps us to spread the value that RDs hold #DiabetesINFL|
|lorishemek||Social media improves patient outcomes. The more engaged the client, the more accountability & self-empowerment = success #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||I mainly use Twitter. I engage with RD/RDN & # diabetes educator colleagues and ppl w/ #diabetes in the #DOC You? #DiabetesINFL|
|laurenpincusrd||I really want to get into Facebook video to share easy recipes and quick tips. Someday soon #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Improve career with social media-> #Facebook posts for public education; messaging for private #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||#LinkedIn for #diabetes related job opportunities #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||I quickly see news/learn new info, ex: Nutrition Facts label, Dietary Guidelines, Diabetes Stds of Care, pt ed tools. You? #DiabetesINFL|
|rebeccabitzerrd||#SocialMedia spreads our message to reach those looking for evidence based recommendations w/ practical applications #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||#Twitter for following other #diabetes educators and related #healthcare programs #DiabetesINFL|
|eatingsoulfully||Social media was instrumental in obtaining an agent + publisher. Shows you have an audience + potential buyers. #DiabetesINFL|
|eatingsoulfully||Social media also helped build my brand. 99% of my tweets are diabetes related content. #DiabetesINFL|
|eatingsoulfully||My blog and FB page designed for African Americans with diabetes, also helps build brand. #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||Professionally I engage w colleagues, read their blogs, podcasts, social media posts and more. You? #DiabetesINFL|
|laurenpincusrd||Social media allows me to share content to grow my business PLUS I constantly learn new info and tips from other RDNs! #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||I engage b/c social media connects me to new colleagues, like-minded HCPs, new and newsy info for patient care/ed. You? #DiabetesINFL|
|lorishemek||Social media is an excellent tool for professional education, networking & creating positive client outcomes #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Office practice limit contacts to local area; social media reaches worldwide #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Social media affords worldwide networking; cross promoting other #diabetic topics#DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||Engaging in social media keeps me up to date, provides quick access to newsworthy info and colleagues providing it. You? #DiabetesINFL|
|eatingsoulfully||Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and blogging are responsible for my consulting, writing and speaking opportunities. #DiabetesINFL|
|lorishemek||Using social media to help educate others is key as most who have #diabetes go online for information. Hashtags are crucial. #diabetesinfl|
|eatingsoulfully||Social media provides an opportunity to counter misinformation & get new info – webinars, meetings, research studies. #DiabetesINFL|
|eatingsoulfully||Twitter allows you to listen to and address the concerns of PWD in real time. #DiabetesINFL|
|rebeccabitzerrd||We engage in #SocialMedia to reach a large variety of people. It enhances RD careers by spreading the word #DiabetesINFL #health|
|hopewarshaw||It’s connects me to #DOC members. Allowed me to build bridges b/w HCPs, ppl w #diabetes & caregivers. Warms my heart! You? #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Social media connected me with national speaking engagements! #FeelingGrateful #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||Engaging with #DOC helps me gain insights to ppl w/ #diabetes, caregivers and become a better #diabetes educator/provider. #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||Allows me to be a voice of/for accurate, current nutrition & #diabetes info where there’s lots of inaccuracy. You? #DiabetesINFL|
|laurenpincusrd||Private Facebook groups are SO helpful for engaging with colleagues and getting referrals #DiabetesINFL|
|rebeccabitzerrd||The #RebelDietitians use #SocialMedia to post recipes and and give people #DietitianApproved tips! #DiabetesINFL https://t.co/m19ID02NNz|
|eatingsoulfully||I think LinkedIn and FB provide best opportunity to showcase #diabetes ed programs + increase referrals. #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||I use social media, Twitter and Facebook, to promote articles I write in various publications, post on my website. You? #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||I use social media, to establish self as thought leader, champion for ppl w #diabetes. You? #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Blogging on #diabetic related topics builds following; develops social media presence #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||I use social media, Twitter mainly, to connect w colleagues, ppl in #Diabetes Online Community. You? (#DOC) #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Hosting chat parties can help develop strong social media presence #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||Engaging w ppl in the #DOC has both connected me with amazing ppl and provided insight into daily #diabetes mgmt. You? #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Social media is affordable marketing platform; many free sources to promote self. #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||Great idea! #DiabetesINFL https://t.co/jaYOwcfAqO|
Social media such as twitter, has allowed me to reach a population that needs education, so very important.
|rebeccabitzerrd||Yes, so many social media platforms and always changing. I forgot to mention pinterest. Which is your fav? #diabetesINFL|
Social media networking enables online presence; builds online reputation; builds followers
|hopewarshaw||Have you engaged with the #DOC? What’s been your experience? Has it helped you create a larger social network? #DiabetesINFL|
|lorishemek||Being connected, empathy, is helping PWDs feel supported as well as helping me to improve their care. #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||@zsquaredmama So TRUE! What amazing folks #DOC #DiabetesINFL https://t.co/2nSd0IFnNM|
|hopewarshaw||I’ve worked directly w #DOC members for yrs now. My life, career and understanding of challenges are enriched, heightened. #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||Yes, you do. I was jealous of you behind the camera at @AmDiabetesAssn #DiabetesINFL https://t.co/sJYtd6bsAW|
|maureensrn||#DOC has taught me so much. Social media allows exchange of ideas! #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||How? Connect on social media. Be open. Engage #DOC in interviews, quotes in your work. Support & learn from them, causes. #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Online collaboration possibilities-> Webinars, Skype, #TwitterChat parties-> #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||How? Offer to provide quotes 4 blogs, interviews 4 podcasts, tweet them, RT their tweets, use quote tweet to ask questions #DiabetesINFL|
|eatingsoulfully||Gives you insight into their challenges, concerns and success. #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||Yes, Aviva. I’d like to see SO MANY more PWD engaged online, in #DOC #DiabetesINFL https://t.co/0bWUhq1M8n|
|hopewarshaw||To gain insight into the #DOC members, interactions, observe #DSMA chats Weds 9 – 10pm ET, #DCDE chats Tues 8 – 9 pm ET #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||On 8/11, Thurs 6pm PT from #AADE16 follow Live #DSMA Twitter Chat w @sweetercherise @scottkjohnson @debgreenwood, more #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||And the MORE would be @JaneKDickinson @rachelheadCDE #DiabetesINFL https://t.co/LWKgNyTXQN|
|laurenpincusrd||Always stick to the science! Read it before you tweet it-many articles are “click bait” & don’t reflect original study #diabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||Let science, evidence, accepted standards of care be your guide. Be a trusted, reliable resource #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Always stay professional; never contradict other #HCP; maintain #HIPAA guidelines #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||Don’t air dirty laundry abt colleagues, prof assoc you belong to, members of the #DOC. What principles do you follow? #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||If you need to correct a colleague, do so kindly, nicely w/ evidence-based info and link to further info. #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||I educate on social media but always note I am not a doctor/not prescribing treatments#DiabetesINFL|
|lorishemek||Avoid conflicts of interest, ensure patient confidence & privacy; communicate directly with patient. #DiabetesINFL|
|rebeccabitzerrd||One tip we have on #SocialMedia blogging is to ask yourself “would I read this? Would I share this?” before posting it #DiabetesINFL|
|eatingsoulfully||Don’t retweet, share or forward anything unless you’ve read it! You want to authenticate! #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||On social media, I always encourage team collaboration and further research for health topics #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||@RebeccaBitzerRD Great Q to ask self #DiabetesINFL Great for students. https://t.co/rvPWzysZXN|
|maureensrn||I prefer maintaining a paper trail for all interaction…..your thoughts? ? Liability issues? #DiabetesINFL|
|laurenpincusrd||Always disclose corporate affiliations with #ad or #client. Transparency is very important part of using social media #diabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||ENGAGE! Demonstrate you’re engaged. Use engagement to raise your number followers. Let growth happen organically #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||Always impt to read research before posting #DiabetesINFL https://t.co/TVVmShHrB7|
|rebeccabitzerrd||Yes: really pay attention to what your followers ask about and go for it! #DiabetesINFL https://t.co/VP7sZQobkg|
|hopewarshaw||Depends on the mtg. Say @aadediabetes @amerdiabetesassoc @eatrightpro, I follow hashtag(s) for key learnings. You? #DiabetesINFL|
|laurenpincusrd||I often tweet live at conferences to share breaking nutrition news! Add photos of slides too- saves precious characters! #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||I’ll chime in to action by retweeting, offering a thought or positive mention using quote tweet. You? #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||Another option. Share links to recaps and write ups from the mtg for attendees and wider audience. Helps promote the mtg #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Twitter posts/photos engage followers unable to attend meetings; ongoing education #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Twitter chat parties/blogs/ guest editorials focus on newest #diabetes education #DiabetesINFL|
|eatingsoulfully||Follow professional members and/or org engaged in diabetes. @AADE, @AmDiabetesAssn @diabetesisters + search hashtags #DiabetesINFL|
|rebeccabitzerrd||To stay connected with events we follow our favorites on twitter and check out their popular hashtags! #DiabetesINFL #GoogleTrends|
|hopewarshaw||For starters, observe/read their posts. If aligned, follow, retweet, respond, engage, build on content. Your thoughts? #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Twitter/social media allows me to follow other experts as well. #Crosspromotion. #Networking #DiabetesINFL|
Best practices-> cross promote colleague’s websites; collaborate with webinars
|hopewarshaw||@MaureenSRN Great point. ID other experts. New experts #DiabetesINFL https://t.co/YXzjzrEjB8|
|maureensrn||Best practices-> Offer free community presentations to build collateral relationships #DiabetesINFL|
|lorishemek||Work collaboratively with patients, ensuring readiness to make behavior changes & agreeing on behavior-change action plan #diabetesinfl|
|laurenpincusrd||Participating in professional association email lists allows for open communications for exchange of ideas & research #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||When have opportunity, attend social media meet ups held at meetings. So fun to connect in person! Enriching, engaging! #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||Best practices-> Establish online presence; stay professional on social media (so important!!) #DiabetesINFL|
|rebeccabitzerrd||Staying in contact with local #doctors and referring providers help the #RebelDietitians to build our practice #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||To ID, think of key leaders in field U respect. See if thy’re social media engaged. Follow, connect w/ by RT, quote Tweets #DiabetesINFL|
|eatingsoulfully||Network within and outside your profession. Tweet out tips and links to latest diabetes research. Help others! #DiabetesINFL|
|eatingsoulfully||Guest blog, post to FB, join groups on Linkedin #DiabetesINFL|
|eatingsoulfully||Retweet and share colleagues meeting, articles etc. #DiabetesINFL|
|laurenpincusrd||Follow social media handles for key professional publications, create Twitter lists to make them easy to identify. #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||I’m partial! Let me 1st say Johnson&Johnson Diabetes Inst. PLENTY prof ed opps. Register here: https://t.co/2XyVnuNLSl #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||And re this topic on JJDI, check out webinar by PWD Sparling (@sixuntilme), “Your Patients Are Online; Why Aren’t You? #DiabetesINFL|
|eatingsoulfully||Follow diabetes professional organizations and search hashtags. i.e. #RDchat, #AADE16 #DiabetesINFL|
|rebeccabitzerrd||#DietitiansOnTheBlog, facebook events, blog posts, and newsletters help up stay connected to #RD and #DiabetesINFL events @nedpg|
|lorishemek||I use multiple, including AADE, DiabetesINFL, NTADA, local chapters, twitter lists make them easy to identify #diabetesinfl|
|hopewarshaw||And re this topic on JJDI, check out webinar by I did, “Why and How Should Healthcare Providers Engage? #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||AADE-> https://t.co/5OrAfVQjmk #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||I look for tweets abt upcoming webinars from government agencies, prof associations, trade, health associations. Your? #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||AADE-> https://t.co/zroLloudfJ #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||AADE-> https://t.co/PLqd2G1vsq #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||ADA-> https://t.co/17tEUg7isx #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||ADA-> https://t.co/08qYBWG570 #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||IDF-> https://t.co/wqhTImRsvK #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||WHO-> https://t.co/he7E6qjgHk #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||CDC-> https://t.co/xHpB0MXP8m #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||JJDI -> https://t.co/mvu6BXaPcA #DiabetesINFL|
|maureensrn||NDEP-> https://t.co/PlO18cGXil #DiabetesINFL|
|hopewarshaw||@MaureenSRN Lots of great websites, resource for #diabetes info #DiabetesINFL|
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