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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Boston public health department begins podcasting
By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff
At the health department founded by Paul Revere, they're going totally 21st century: Starting today, the Boston Public Health Commission will begin regularly airing podcasts on everything from fears about a global flu epidemic to substance abuse to healthcare reform.
The feature, called Health Click, is an outgrowth of podcasts used to provide information during a measles outbreak last summer and, more recently, during the wave of gastrointestinal illness that swept Boston. The podcast will be updated regularly and is available in Spanish and English. The first installment introduces the feature and talks about the basics of public health.
"We want these podcasts to be helpful and informative for people," John Auerbach, executive director of the health commission, said in a statement. "We also want to use it as a way to educate people about the many health resources that are available here at the commission."