Friday, September 07, 2007

Student Videos Communicate Pandemic Risk

With the rise of YouTube and other popular video-sharing sites, why not tap the interest in user-created content to help spread the word about preparedness? Well, that's exactly what we did.

As part of National Public Health Week in April, APHA held a viral video contest and called on high school, college and graduate students to submit compelling, short videos about preparing for public health threats.

Three contestant teams took home the grand prize. You can watch the winning videos- "I Saw the Signs," "Don't Lose your Hat" and "The Bubble Fairy"- at

When asked about their video's preparedness message, the team of students that created "I Saw the Signs" said, "We aimed to depict the importance of getting prepared now for disasters. ...We hope that people who watch it will be motivated to get prepared for potential disasters so that they don't have to go through the heartache and suffering depicted in the video."

Congratulations to the winners!

Click on the comment feature of the blog below to tell us ideas you have on using video to help improve preparedness.

1 comment:

Grant said...

This is Grant, one of the BYU graduate students that created the "I Saw the Signs" video. We are very grateful for the opportunity to make it -- way to go APHA!

The video is no longer on YouTube, but can be viewed on our blog --

Thanks again!