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Alabama Department of Public Health debuts redesigned website

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) launched a redesigned version of its website.

ALABAMA, USA — The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has launched a redesigned version of its website. The redesign is intended to improve the overall look and functionality of the website, which the agency considers a valuable tool in its health outreach and education efforts.

"In thinking about the redesign, we looked at ways to not only update our website on the surface, but to really improve the experience of using it," said Jennifer Allen, director of the ADPH Digital Media Branch, which manages and maintains the ADPH website. "We tried to think of ways a redesign would truly benefit our citizens, such as making it easier to get access to COVID-19 vaccines and testing."

A major piece of the redesign is the addition of a new section called Alabama's Health, which will function as a blog/newsroom for ADPH. This section features all the news releases and publications produced and distributed by ADPH.

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Visitors to the site will be able to access a new, more robust search feature, powered by Yext. This feature will make it easier for visitors to find specific information on the hundreds of programs and services offered by ADPH.

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ADPH has added a map showing the locations of each of its county health departments to its Locations page. Once there, visitors can check on a red map marker to get the address and contact information for that location, as well as, scroll through a full list of county health departments to find information about the site nearest them.

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This redesign also incorporates a couple of ways for visitors to provide feedback about the site's look and functionality. The "Report a Website Issue" enables visitors to report technical issues such as links that are broken or pages that are down directly to the Digital Media Branch. There's also a Website Survey which visitors can use to provide feedback on the overall look and functionality of the site, and to make recommendations for additions and improvements.

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"We're excited about this new version of our site, but there's more to come," Allen said. "There are a lot of new features we will be implementing throughout the  course of the year."

ADPH's website redesign was a joint effort involving ADPH's Digital Media Branch and the agency's Bureau of Information Technology, working in conjunction with the Hannon Hill web content management corporation.