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APHA @PublicHealth Twitter tops 200,000 followers

Washington, DC, September 20, 2012 — The American Public Health Association this week surpassed 200,000 followers on its @PublicHealth Twitter account.

The @PublicHealth Twitter handle, one of five operated by APHA, launched in 2007 and shares public health news, highlights member and partner activities and provides general health-related information. In March 2011, Time Magazine selected APHA’s @PublicHealth Twitter as one of the world’s top 140 Twitter feeds to follow. Additionally, the @PublicHealth Twitter list includes feeds from more than 200 state and local health agencies.

The Association is active on a broad range of social media networks, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, Instagram and YouTube. Other APHA Twitter accounts include: @GetReady, which features tweets on emergency preparedness; @APHAAnnualMtg, which follows proceedings of the APHA Annual Meeting; @NationsHealth, which reports public health news from The Nation’s Health newspaper; and @NPHW, which promotes activities of National Public Health Week.

To follow @PublicHealth, visit

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