Earlier this year, we conducted an audit of our communications functions including the website, emails, social media, MyIDSA, and this newsletter, IDSA News. The audit included a member survey that provided valuable insight into the most effective ways to reach you—what’s working and what isn’t. Of course, one size does not fit all with a membership ranging in demographics and areas of focus, but we did find common themes and aim to make improvements based on those.
Feedback on the newsletter was quite positive with many indicating a more frequent publication would be useful. Beginning this fall, IDSA News will be published every other week and will be redesigned in a simpler, concise, mobile-friendly fashion that will allow you to quickly identify the articles most relevant to you. We’ll continue to include regular features such as Journal Club and a recap of CDC and FDA alerts along with new features such as highlights from the news clips, top discussions on MyIDSA, and more. The President’s Message will be moving to MyIDSA, which will allow you to comment on the message and engage fellow members in a discussion on its subject.
Response to MyIDSA, which was launched one year ago, has been overwhelmingly positive. We have begun to develop the community further by opening sub-communities focused on specific topics such as the Global HIV and TB community. We have also launched a community for program directors and soon will be opening a community for those in the early stages of their career. I’m excited about the networking and information-sharing on MyIDSA and look forward to seeing it continue to expand.
I sincerely hope that these changes allow you to learn more about the Society and keep abreast of our progress. However, successful communication is never one-sided, and as I often have, I urge you once again to take part in this Society. That may be by volunteering, by responding to surveys, or simply by speaking out and sharing your thoughts and ideas.
You’ll have an opportunity to do just that at the 2nd annual Town Hall to be held on Friday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. during IDWeek. (Look for the many signs pointing the way.) During the Town Hall 2.0, Join the Conversation, we want to hear from you about what matters most to you in the field of ID, what inspires you, what worries you, what the future looks like to you, and how we make that a reality. Because our goal is to have a lively dialogue, there will be no formal presentations. The conversation will be guided by what’s on your mind. You can submit your questions and thoughts in advance by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org or by tweeting them to #idweektownhall. Join us for the event in San Diego, and please continue to be engaged in your Society.