The series of activities of the FPH UI Dies Natalis continued online on Saturday, October 22, 2022. This time, innovators in the world of digital-based health promotion were present to share their stories of empowerment and innovation. The webinar, attended by more than 100 people, raised the theme “Innovation in Education and Promotion of Digital-Based Health and Environment”. In her remarks, the Vice Dean for Education, Research and Student Affairs of FPH UI, Dr. Ir. Asih Setiarini, M.Sc., said, “Nowadays what is needed is not only hard skills, but also innovation and creativity. I think the theme raised today is very interesting and in accordance with our conditions today”.
Also present was the Director of Health Promotion and Community Empowerment of Ministry of Health, drg. Widyawati, M.K.M., to give the keynote speech. Promotive and preventive efforts are the main approach in the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan, one of which through digitalization. Dr. Widyawati then explained the role of the campus and its civitas in achieving this goal. “Mastery of technology is needed, especially in innovating to provide education,” added Widyawati.
The panel discussion session was moderated by FPH alumni and News Anchor at CNN Indonesia, Syaza Wisastro, S.K.M. Three panelists attended this webinar, one of the initiators of @pandemictalks, Mutiara Anissa, M.Sc.; Co-founder CTO Octopus Indonesia, Niko Adi Nugroho; and CEO Dietela.id, Amelia Edriani, S.Gz.
The pandemic is a confusing situation for many people. The media at that time, which was filled with hoaxes and various packaging, made important information sometimes not delivered properly and actually caused panic. Pandemic Talks is here to provide health education in the form of storytelling. Through its delivery, there are at least 3 (three) Pandemic Talks innovations, including edutainment, memes, and point of view.
In regards to environmental health, Octopus Indonesia serves as an innovator in health education and promotion. “The current waste problem is a crisis that requires our attention,” explained Niko. In Indonesia, 80% of waste can be recycled, but only a few of them are recycled. Through the Octopus app, people are encouraged to recycle by waiving all costs involved in doing a recycling program. Users are even incentivized for their recycling efforts.
Also present is Dietela.id in terms of nutrition. In Indonesia, 4 out of the top 10 causes of death are caused by diet. Through the tagline “Change your Diet, Change your Life,” Dietela.id is present as a pioneer in efforts to change the diet in Indonesia. This is done by making it easier for people to access experts. From 1900 clients, 93% of them experienced improved nutritional status, 84% experienced improved intake, 91% experienced improved diet, and 86% experienced improved lifestyle.
The discussion was very interesting as the speakers had a deep interest in their respective fields. In the future, there are still several series of Dies Natalis FPH UI starting from webinars on mental health to competitions. (BK)