Follow Friday: Colleen Young

Follow Friday: Colleen Young

As more Canadians consult the internet for health-related information, networks and communities are formed online where information is shared and support is available. Today’s Follow Friday is Colleen Young, founder of Health Care Social Media Canada and online community manager of Canadian Virtual Hospice.

Meet Colleen Young

Colleen writes clear and easy to understand information for patients and caregivers. She is an expert in transforming a complex diagnosis into plain language and is a long-time advocate for patient empowerment. Colleen has extensive experience in building several successful virtual health communities.

Colleen’s Health Care Social Media Canada is a thriving community that exceeds 6500 members who share and learn through online tools to make health care more open and connected. As the Engagement and Community Manager for @VirtualHospice, Colleen has built a sustainable community for patients and caregivers seeking online peer support at the end of life and through bereavement. Colleen is a firm believer in leveraging social media and technology as place for:

  • Engaged patients and providers;
  • Knowledge-sharing;
  • The driving force in participatory medicine and peer-to-peer health care.

Colleen helps patients, family members and other supporters take control of their care and supports and encourages people to become more engaged as they are some of the most valued members of their personal health care team.

Where Can you find Colleen Online?

Follow her on Twitter @colleen_young and join her every Wednesday at 1 pm ET as she hosts the @hcsma #hcsmca weekly tweet chat. Colleen also hosts a monthly evening online chat the last Wednesday of each month at 9pm ET.

On Tuesday May 21, at Third Tuesday Toronto, Colleen will share insights, stories and lessons learned from her experience managing online health communities. Get your tickets here.


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