HHS app contest capitalizes on existing social networks

Monday - 8/22/2011, 3:46pm EDT

Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS

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Health and Human Services is launching its "Lifeline Facebook App Challenge." The agency wants developers to build a Facebook app that will let citizens use their own social networks to prepare better for disasters.

Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for Preparedness and Response, explains what HHS hopes the apps will accomplish.