4 Twitter Chats to Get Us Talking about Health

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Technology brings people together and revolutionizes the way we communicate, whether it's via email, Snapchat, or a 140-character tweet.

Today, it's practically second nature to look online for answers, support for problems, or just to interact with peers. Digital tools advance the public health discussion and create a voice for advocacy organizations, patients, caregivers and other communities. Twitter chats provide a perfect venue for people to discuss important health issues, make new connections and find resources. We've compiled a list of ongoing Twitter chats to guide future conversations. Consider chiming in- just remember to use the designated hashtag!

#hcsm

The Healthcare Communications & Social Media community holds a weekly online conversation about communications in health care, especially the use of social media. #hcsm started six years ago and was one of the first regular Twitter chats to focus specifically on health care. You can submit questions ahead of time or live during the weekly chats (Sunday night, 8 p.m. CT).

#AlzChat

Created in 2011, AlzChat is a live Twitter forum where Alzheimer's & dementia caregivers share resources and tips with each other. The chat takes place every Monday at 3 p.m. ET. Each week focuses on a different topic. @AlzChat posts recaps of every session.

#HCLDR

HCLDR is an online community of people who share a passion for enhancing health care. Patients, physicians, nurses, CEOs, IT professionals, caregivers, policy makers and students convene on a weekly basis to discuss global health care topics. Find them on Twitter every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

#bcsm

Described as "the intersection of breast cancer and all things social media," this Twitter chat began in 2011 and now serves as a source of support, guidance and information for those battling breast cancer. Studies show that online forums can empower cancer patients to take charge of their treatment and become active in the patient community. Chats are every Monday at 9 p.m. ET.

The online public health discussion never stops. So why wait? Join the conversation.