Contact the ETGEC-C:

Tony DiNuzzo, PhD
Program Director
Phone: 409.266.9692
Fax: 409.747.1554

301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-0177


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Social Media Experiment

Weekly Blog and Discussion on Aging

The East Texas Geriatric Education Center - Consortium (ETGEC-C) specializes in providing education and training focused on the rural elderly and targeting all health professionals and students in health professions in medically underserved areas. The ETGEC-C is housed at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and has partners at Baylor University, Lamar University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Victoria College and Weatherford College. Other partners are these Texas AHEC East: Waco, Coastal, Piney Woods, Victori and North Central.

We are experimenting with the use of social networking to facilitate active communication within the scope of the project.  We are using four social networking tools: a web site, a Facebook fan page, a BLOG and a discussion in a virtual world.

ETGEC-C Web Site

ETGECC WebsiteThe web site contains all of the learning materials (http://etgec.utmb.edu) and is the basic marketing/user entry point. The website is updated by Roxann Grover, MA, Internet Production Designer, Rehabilitation Sciences and Sealy Center on Aging. Contact the web designer at 409.266.9650 or rmgrover@utmb.edu.

ETGEC-C Facebook Page

ETGEC-C on Facebook

The Facebook page is a common forum for the partners to dialog. Anyone can participate in the Facebook dialog. As this is a Facebook fan page it is not connected to one's personal Facebook account in the same way one's friends are connected. Thus, one's personal postings do not go to the ETGEC-C page. Current Facebook entries by administrators are automatically shown on the web page. Anyone can participate in the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ETGECC

Blog - Weekly Update on Aging


This is a weekly web posting (blog) dealing with health care practices to use with rural elderly patients/clients. Sometimes it deals deal with a program or activity another AHEC has created and other times it is an opinion piece, an abstract from recent research or a best practice. It is written by Rodger Marion and an array of guest bloggers. Link to the weekly blog: http://rodgermarion.com

Virtual World - Weekly Discussion on Aging

Weekly Discussion on AgingThere is a weekly discussion about the current blog topic. The discussion occurs in real time in a virtual world. The virtual world is called Second Life®. Directions are found in two tabs (Discussion and SL) found at http://rodgermarion.com. Beginning January 2015, the Weekly Discussion on Aging will be held at Noon, CST, prior to the Science Friday events at the SL UTMB island.

ETGEC-C Weekly Online Discussion - Galveston Strand in Second LifeThe discussion is held using text chat. Second Life supports voice but it tends to have technical issues. The use of text chat also provides for a convenient transcript which is posted in the Comments section of the corresponding blog.

For further information contact Dr. Rodger Marion (rmarion@utmb.edu) or Dr. Tony DiNuzzo (adinuzzo@utmb.edu)

Upcoming ETGEC-C Events


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