Lifting the Digital Curtain: Utilizing Social Media to Promote Health Content and Engage with Asian Populations

Authors

  • Tenzin Yeshi Wangdak Yuthok Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Chloe Sales, BS Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Sally Shan Li, MA Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Nina Li, MA Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Katherine Connors, MPH Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS Stanford University School of Medicine

Keywords:

Asian health, Social media, Internet, Asian subgroups, Data disaggregation

Abstract

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVES

To understand how social media channels can be used to outreach to Asian subgroups to disseminate relevant health content.

 

METHODS

A 10-week social media campaign was implemented with the goal of increasing the percentage of Asian participants in the Stanford Research Registry - platforms utilized include Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter through the Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education accounts. Participant data was disaggregated by race and ethnicity in order to better understand the diversity among Asian subgroups.

 

RESULTS

The percentage of Asian participants increased from 14.26% at baseline to 23.83% at the end of the campaign (525 Asian identifying individuals to 1,871). The greatest increase occurred during the General Outreach phase which utilized all channels of outreach available. Frequencies of Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese ethnicities were higher in the Multi-Ethnic category compared to their corresponding monoethnic group.

 

CONCLUSIONS

Social media is a powerful tool that can be leveraged for targeted recruitment – in this study we see how it can increase diversity amongst research participants and potentially be used as an effective tool for information dissemination. This work can be expanded in the future by looking into other social media platforms that are more targeted towards Asian populations and by disaggregating the data even further to fully understand the diversity present in the Asian population.

Published

2022-05-20

How to Cite

Yuthok, T. Y. W., Sales, C., Li, S., Li, N., Connors, K., & Palaniappan, L. (2022). Lifting the Digital Curtain: Utilizing Social Media to Promote Health Content and Engage with Asian Populations. Journal of Asian Health, 1(2). Retrieved from https://journalofasianhealth.org/index.php/jasianh/article/view/16