Resources for Health Professionals

SAMHSA selects and describes programs, projects, and websites that help health professionals develop their own social media presence.

Helping You Establish Your Presence

SAMHSA provides a list of resources and information to help public and private health professionals use social media. Learning and peer sharing are fundamental to the success of public engagement. If you would like to contribute a case study of how your organization has used social media, contact us (

Using and Evaluating Social Media

Reading other organization's social media policies is useful in establishing your own. These resources are examples of effective social media policies.

Social Media Policies


SAMHSA's policies outline employee use of third-party websites, applications and related technologies, and requirements for courteous interaction on SAMHSA website and social media accounts.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS describes common standards and policies that impact and are impacted by using new media. provides information about the use of new media tools, from podcasts to video games, for HIV/AIDS prevention.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC created guidelines to inform social media planning, development, and implementation.



SAMHSA provides behavioral health prevalence data (NSDUH), emergency room data (DAWN), facilities data (N-SSATS), and treatment data (TEDS). SAMHSA's Data, Outcomes, and Quality publications include single-topic short reports and data spotlights. In addition, SAMHSA offers access to public-use data files (SAMHDA) and data requests.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC offers data briefs, highlights, and current demographic information for digital engagement channels.

CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) series is the CDC's primary vehicle for scientific publication of public health information and recommendations. is a central resource for health-related datasets and tools from across the federal government.

Innovation in Healthcare and Health Communications

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The AHRQ Innovation Exchange shows how individuals and groups use information technology to solve problems, improve health care quality, and reduce disparities. is an online challenge platform that allows for the U.S. Government and the public to bring the best ideas and top talent to address the nation's most pressing challenges.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

ONC created the Investing in Innovation ("i2") program to spur health information technology innovations.

Last Updated: 01/16/2020