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Jenna Cederburg serves as the Member Communications Manager at
CHA, where she, under the leadership of website veteran Lisa
Evans, helps oversee the site’s content, which is developed by
CHA’s issue experts — who contribute information
critical to California hospitals. Approximately 30 editors and
admins work on the site , which covers more than 100 health
care-related topics ranging from health care reform to emergency
preparedness. Updates are sent daily to a wide range of staff at
more than 400 of the state’s hospitals and health systems.
25,000+ posts, 10,000+ registered users, 7 years, and 2 major
platform upgrades later, CHA is among the great success stories
of what is possible—not only with calhospital.org itself, but
behind the scenes: establishing a robust editorial flow,
sustaining inter-departmental collaboration, and continuing to
improve and raise the bar with what is possible.
How would you describe what you do to someone who has never heard
of CHA before?
I serve as CHA’s Member Communications Manager. My primary role
involves helping the Member Communications team facilitate the
sharing of relevant information to our members via our website,
mobile app, corporate materials, and e-mail campaigns. I also
assist CHA staff with web support.
How long have you been working with CHA?
I have been with CHA since 2011.
What made you want to work with CHA?
I was fortunate to begin working at CHA through a temporary
assignment assisting the Communications team and Digital
Deployment during a site migration. During that period, I
developed an interest in e-communications and web content
management. After the project concluded, I officially came
onboard as their Communications Coordinator.
With my father as a physician, I understood the importance of
CHA’s mission to strive for “an optimally healthy society.” I
enjoy being involved in company processes which help keep our
members engaged and informed.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is the variety of tasks and
responsibilities. Each day is different and I get to flex both my
creative and analytical side. I also enjoy being able to use
different programs and tools. Technology is fun!
How many people are in your organization?
There are roughly 100 employees at CHA.
How many people do you have editing the website regularly?
Quite a few! There are around 30 active editors who create posts
and manage specific areas on the CHA website. It can be a lot to
keep track of!
How long has CHA been working with Digital Deployment?
2007. CHA is one of Digital Deployment’s earliest clients.
If you could get rid of one vegetable in our veggie bags, what
would it be? [veggie bag contents: carrots, broccoli,
cauliflower, radish, cucumber, sweet bell peppers, sugar snap
Sorry guys, but it has to be the cuc.
If you could work at Digital Deployment for 1 day, what position
would you want? Feel free to make up a position :)
That’s a toughie… Even though I have no design experience, I am
drawn to what Barb Hennelly (Web Design Lead) and Haley Titus
(Graphic Designer) do. I’ve not had the opportunity to work with
them and I would be interested to experience more of the creative
side of web development.
Did you know that, as a member of our Service Level Agreement
(SLA) community, you can help shape the future of Digital
If you’ve ever participated in our client idea forum, you’ve
already made a huge difference. Forum ideas—and especially the
conversations they spawn—help us decide what is truly important
to our favorite people in this web-centered world of ours: our
clients! It’s easy to get caught up in huge, long-term
development tasks and forget about the little things that help
you in the here and now. The forum gives us the opportunity to
make improvements to our vision with you as our inspiration.
Back in December, a client was having trouble searching for a
specific user in the user management section of her site. She
suggested an improvement to the way the user
search feature works. We completely agreed and were able to
add the improvement to an update we released in February.
Whether you’re tired of asking Digital Deployment to
add accordions to your landing pages for the teasers of your
posts, or thumbnail images are getting
in your way when reordering posts on a landing page, we want
to hear about it! We know how helpful it is to have conversations
as a community and generate new ideas. As an added benefit, these
ideas can help shave off the extra minutes it takes to complete a
workaround for an issue you’re having.
Our team meets once a month to discuss future improvements and
most new features come straight from the forum; we try to address
issues that impact multiple clients, which means the
conversations in the forum are key! When multiple clients
are discussing an issue in the SLA community, we can combine the
feedback and easily develop a robust solution that works for
In the past nine months, we’ve implemented 57 ideas from our
client idea forum. So don’t be shy: add your
idea or add to the conversation around an existing idea!
Want to shrink the amount of back and forth it takes to fix your
issue? Here are some tips to help you start out a step ahead:
Describe the problem you’re trying to
solve instead of just requesting a feature or
Helpful: “Our visitors are having trouble finding the special
news releases and we’d like to do something to make them stand
Not Helpful: “Can you make these titles red and 40pt font?”
Provide a URL that shows an example of your
issue/idea. (Even if it’s an example of another site that
demonstrates what you’re asking about.)
Be descriptive in the subject line. In a list
of tickets, something that says only, “Help?” isn’t … well …
Give us the specific steps to
reproduce what you’re experiencing (Bonus
points if you tested in more than one browser, or checked with a
coworker to see if they are seeing the same thing before you
submit your ticket!)