YouTube has formed a new team of health partnerships to address the evolving digital health needs of consumers and continue to connect people with credible health information.
The team is led by the new director and global head of Healthcare and Public Health Partnerships, Garth Graham, who joined Google’s own video site from CVS Health, where he served as Chief Community Health Officer. Previously, he was an assistant deputy secretary in the U.S. Department of Health.
Graham wrote in a blog post, “It may seem like an outlier on my resume to YouTube to some, but I look forward to bringing all facets of my experience together to serve as a bridge between the clinical world and YouTube.”
YouTube will partner with organizations like the American Public Health Association, Cleveland Clinic, the Harvard School of Public Health Forum, Mayo Clinic, National Academy of Medicine, Osmosis, and Psych Hub.
The company has also partnered with the Association for Healthcare Social Media to build on the success of health professionals on their platform – including Mama Doctor Jones, Kati Morton, and Mikhail Varshavski – and provide resources to others.
Graham wrote: “My team’s mission is to empower people to live their healthiest lives through knowledge, support and inspiration. Above all, we want to ensure access to credible, evidence-based information from trustworthy sources. With so much information, however, the question arises: How do you know which information is credible? And how do you find sources that make complicated medical jargon more accessible and understandable? “