MSW Student Uses Social Media to Promote AIDS Work in Peru
Posted: July 10, 2009
University of Michigan School of Social Work Student Carrie Amber Rheingans is using Twitter (@crheinga) and other forms of social media to share her summer work experiences performing mobile outreach at Via Libre, the largest AIDS service organization in Peru.
In July and August 2009, Rheingans will be working to offers services for family planning and other sexually transmitted infections. Rheingans is working directly for Executive Director, Dr. Robinson Cabello, helping with the mobile outreach unit. She will be travelling to the informal housing areas outside Lima to encourage residents to get tested for HIV.
As time and technology permit, Rheingans will be sharing her experiences using various forms of social media. Follow real-time updates of Carrie’s work in South America on Twitter, www.twitter.com/crheinga, and read her blog with the School of Public Health, www.umichsph.wordpress.com, and her personal blog, "Ramblings of a River Goose," www.gansodelriorhein.blogspot.com.
Rheingans is currently working on a dual MPH/MSW to “learn how to work with communities - not necessarily geographic - and empower them to make changes that improve their health situations.” Rheingans is studying Community Organization & Community and Social Systems at the School of Social Work, and Health Behavior and Health Education at the U-M School of Public Health. One of her main goals in the School of Social Work is to figure out how social media can be used by nonprofits to enhance the great work they already do.