10 Ways to Celebrate National Health IT Week in Your Hometown

With participants from Alaska to Puerto Rico, National Health IT Week is a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of health information and technology. This annual collaborative showcases the essential role and important promise in transforming health and healthcare in the US. Here are 10 ways you can celebrate National Health IT Week in your hometown. 

  1. Post. Show your support via social media. Tweet about #NHITWeek and highlight National Health IT Week on Facebook, your website, and other digital media outlets.  
  2. Promote.  Get the word out that you are celebrating National Health IT Week. Add it to your online calendar, website, email signature, newsletter, or other communications. Display the National Health IT Week poster in elevators, hallways, offices, cafeterias, on vending machines, bulletin boards, etc. 
  3. Incorporate. If you already have an event in the works, plan to host it during National Health IT Week. Get tips for announcements, communications, and additional promotions for your event.
  4. Celebrate. Host an internal event to thank your staff as well as bring meaning and context to the work they do throughout the year.
  5. Distribute. Customize the National Health IT Week news release template and distribute the release to local healthcare and IT reporters, editors, and broadcast producers in your city. Add the National Health IT Week logo along with your own to demonstrate the issue’s magnitude. We encourage stories tapping into the four Points of Engagement.
  6. Write. Draft an op-ed (700-800 words) to place in your city’s newspaper focusing on the value of healthcare IT.
  7. Proclaim. Working with the mayor or governor’s office, proclaim this year's dates as National Health IT Week in your city or state. Be sure to publicize the proclamation for maximum benefit. 
  8. Host. Gather policy experts, health IT professionals, and other stakeholders to host an event providing the latest information about health IT. Invite employees, elected officials, the public, the media and other stakeholders. Events can be face-to-face or virtual.
  9. Conduct. Hold a tour of your facility for local and state officials, such as your Congressional representative, state legislators, or state health IT coordinator, to illustrate how technology is improving the care delivery. 
  10. Reach Out. Hold a media session with snacks or a light meal to brief several reporters at one time or arrange one-on-one appointments with journalists to brief them at their desks.