Using the Professional Online Network

 

Joining the Professional Online Network

User Dashboard - My Home

Account Administration - My Account

Friends - Connecting With Other Users

Blogging

Groups/Councils

Forums

Events

Searching the Community


Joining the Community

Registration

To register for the American Heart Association's Professional Online Network click the “join now” buttons on the Home page or click here.  Then follow the instructions and enter the required information.

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Logging In

To log in to the community enter your username and password on the my.americanheart.org website.  Then select the community link on the subsequent page.  If you forgot your username or password you can retrieve it by clicking "Forgot Username/Password".

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User Dashboard - My Home

Creating a User Profile Photo

The user profile photo is the main image that represents you and is associated with all your activity within the network. To change your profile photo click the “Change profile photo” link on the My Home page. This will take you to the My Content upload photo area. To make an image your profile photo, check the 'Make Primary Photo' check box when uploading the photo.  To make an existing image your profile photo, click the image and then while it appears in the active space, check the box for 'Make Primary Photo' and then click save. 

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Posting a Status Update (AHA Members Only)

Your user status lets you tell community members how you are or what is on your mind or simply to say hello. Your status will show up on the network's Recent Activity area. To change your status click inside the status box, type in your update and click save.  Only AHA Members (General Professional, Student/Trainee Professional, Early Career Professional, Premium Professional, and Premium Professional Plus) can create status updates.  To upgrade your membership, click here.

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Recent Community Activity

The recent activity box shows you the latest activities that you and community members have participated in on the site. You can click on the user and content links inside of the recent activity box as well as view previous updates to view other popular content.

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Site Wide Message Center

The 'My Messages' block shows your outstanding friend requests and new messages in the internal inbox. This inbox is only for messages sent within the community and does not email your account email address unless you have message notifications turned on. The message center also includes your watch list settings which allows you to subscribe or 'watch' the latest updates in groups, forums, or classified ads you are monitoring.

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Bookmarking Content

The 'My Bookmarks' area gives you a way to quickly get to specific content items on the site that you have bookmarked. You can bookmark items including photos, videos blog posts and groups.

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Voting on Polls

You can vote on the latest poll topic by selecting your choice and clicking “Vote”. Once you have voted you can see the totals for all users that have participated in the poll.

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Viewing Groups/Councils

The 'My Groups/Councils' area gives you a quick way to access the groups that you are already a member of. It shows the title, image and total number of group members for each group.

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Viewing Events

The 'My Events' area gives you a quick way to access the events that you are already attending. It shows the title, date and total number of people attending the event.

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Viewing Your Friends

The 'My Friends' area lets you see your friends and provides a link to visit their profiles. It also shows you the total number of friends that you have.

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Account Administration - My Account

Managing Account Information

In the 'Account' tab in the 'My Account' area you can update the main account details for your account including first name, last name, email address and password.

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Privacy Settings

The 'Privacy' tab in the 'My Account' area gives you control over who can see your content. There are three settings for each area that can be applied: friends only, everybody and nobody. The areas that you can control privacy for are listed. You can also restrict access to limit the ability for other users to send you a private message.

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Email Notifications

The 'Notifications' tab in the 'My Account' area allows you to control what actions in the Network will cause you to receive external email notification to your account email address . You can also unsubscribe from all site notifications in this area.

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Managing Content - My Content

The 'My Content' tab allows you to manage all of your photos, videos, files and audio. For each item you upload you can add a title, description and tags. For all of the items you can share them in the associated site wide galleries. In the photos area you can select a photo to be your main primary site photo. For photos you can also choose to upload or link to a photo to be shared in the community. For videos you can embed videos from other sites such as You Tube or upload a video from your computer. For files the maximum file size you can upload is 20 megabytes (mb).

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Managing Your Friends

The Friends pages allows you to view, remove and accept friends from the community. If you have any pending friend requests you can select one of the following options: “Accept” to add them as a friend, "Decline" to not add them and "No Action" to leave them as a pending request.

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Site Wide Messages - Your Inbox

The site inbox or private system messages area is found in the 'Inbox' tab under the 'My Home' tab and allows you to communicate privately with other users on the site. The inbox view allows you to see latest messages you have received from other users. Within the Inbox you can open and read messages by clicking on the subject header of each message. To delete a message, click the check box and then click “Delete Selected”. To view an email sender’s profile click the user's name.

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Invite Others to the Community

In the 'Invite' tab under the 'My Home' tab you can invite your friends and contacts to the community. Your name and the email subject are automatically populated all you need to do is add email addresses by typing them in the next box. Separate each email address with a comma. If you’d like to add a personal message, do so in the box below the email address box. The message body is an automatically generated email from the community. Once you have all of the information populated click on "Send Invitation".

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Setting Up and Editing Your Profile

To edit your profile, click the arrows to the right of each profile information area. This will expand that area and allow you to fill out the profile information form (boxes marked with a red star are required). When finished with each section click "Save" and the information will display on your user profile.  Some fields are automatically populated by the data in the My.AmericanHeart system and are updated each time you login.  To modify these areas, go to your profile in the My.AmericanHeart system, or click here.

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Viewing Your Profile

To view your profile, click the 'View Profile' tab under the 'My Home' tab.  From the profile page you can see how the rest of the community views your profile.  Edit links appear in the profile fields blocks, but are only viewable by you when viewing your own profile.

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Friends - Connecting With Other Users

Viewing Other User Profiles

To connect with other users on the site or become 'friends' you will need to send them a friend request. To send a friend request you will need to view their profile and click on the "Add as Friend" link. If you are already friends you can also remove them in the same area. Depending on the specific user's setting you may also send a private message, invite them to a group you are already a member of or leave them a comment on their profile. You may also be able to view all of the profile information and click on the links to find other users with similar interests or experiences.

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Blogging

Creating a Blog (for AHA members only)

To start a new blog click “Create a blog” under “My Blogs". You can create as many blogs as you like. Once you are on the create a blog page type the name of your blog and add a description of what your blog is about. You can also upload an image to represent your blog and invite friends to your blog by selecting their names and clicking “add.” This will give them the ability to post on your blog as a blog author. To remover users, click on their names in the “Selected Friends” list and click “remove.” If your blog lives on another website and you’d like to provide content from there, enter they RSS feed into the RSS area. If you enter an RSS feed from another site users will not be able to comment on your blog.  Only AHA Members (General Professional, Student/Trainee Professional, Early Career Professional, Premium Professional, and Premium Professional Plus) can create blogs.  To upgrade your membership, click here.

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Posting to a Blog

To post to a blog, click “Post” under the name of the blog you want to post to under “My Blogs”. Add a title/subject in the field provided and enter the first portion of your blog (what you want to be visible on the main page) in the first box. Enter the rest of the blog post in the next box. You can format the text for your post as we as add photos and links that are relevant to your blog post. Once you have completed your post you can add blog categories, tag and other photos associated with blog post. You can modify the time and date posted with the time and date drop down fields and determine if you want users to leave comments on your post by clicking “Allow Comments.” When finished, click “Save and Publish.”

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Commenting on a Blog Post

To comment on a blog post, first make sure that you are logged into the Professional Online Network. Scroll to the bottom of the post and find the Comment Box. If you are not logged in or if comments are not enabled by the Blog author, you will not see the Comment Box. If comments are enabled, simply type in your comment and click "Submit Comment". You can also rate the Blog Post by clicking the appropriate star above the Comment Box. You are not required to enter a comment in order to rate the Post.

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Groups/Councils (AHA Members Only)

Creating a Group/Council (AHA Staff Only)

Groups/Councils can only be created by the site administrator.  Currently, we are using groups only for the Councils and the Bugher Center.  If you would like users to have the ability to subscribe to your group via a news or RSS reader select “Yes” for “Would you like to have an RSS for this group”. For group event creation you can select who will be able to create events within your group. The options are Administrator (You) ,Only Administrator (You) and Moderators and Everyone. Once you are done click create group.  Only AHA Members (General Professional, Student/Trainee Professional, Early Career Professional, Premium Professional, and Premium Professional Plus) can join Groups/Councils.  To upgrade your membership, click here.

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Finding and Joining a Group/Council (AHA members only)

You can browse all of the groups through the browse groups tab. Hidden groups will not be displayed. Once you find a group you'd like to join you can click 'Sign-up for this Group'. Groups that you are a member of will display on your My Groups page and in the My Groups area on the My Home page. Only AHA Members (General Professional, Student/Trainee Professional, Early Career Professional, Premium Professional, and Premium Professional Plus) can join Groups/Coucils.  To upgrade your membership, click here.

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Forums

Participating in Forums

Forum discussions are open to the entire community to create, comment and read online discussions relating to the community. Categories can only be created by community administrators.

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Creating a New Topic or Post

To create a new post click the category title and then click the forum post topic that you would like to participate in. You can also create a new topic by clicking 'Create a New Post'. Once you have selected go to the bottom of the page and enter your comment. To see your comment before it is public, select “Preview". Once you To post your comment select “Submit" and your post will display in the category selected.

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Events

Creating an Event (AHA Staff Only)

To create an event select “Add Event” and then select the category you would like your event added to. you will then be presented with the create event form. Enter the title of the event (required), then a description, select a beginning and end time (required), if the event is all day select “All Day”. Next enter where event will occur in “Venue” and the venue address, this will display on a Google map on the event. If there is a cost associated with your event to attend, enter the price in “Price” if there are tickets required to attend event, enter the ticket website address in “Buy Tickets” field. If there is a link associated with your event, enter the website address in “Link”. Select the privacy level by choosing either “Only friends & people I invite” or “Anyone, make it public” and whether or not invitees can bring a guest. If you’d like the guest list to be public, select that box. Invite people to your event by selecting friends from your friends list and entering email address in the text box below.  Only AHA Staff can create events.

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RSVP'ing to an Event

To RSVP for an event you can select one of three options. Yes, no or maybe. If you select yes you can then provide the number of people in your party that will attend if the event creator as enabled that option. You can also tag the event with relevant keywords and leave comments.

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Searching for Content and Other Users

Profile Based Search

Profile based search is an easy way to find other people with the same interests or expereince in the community. To use profile based search all you need to do is click on the keyword in the profile information of the user's profile you are viewing. This will search the platform for all users with the same information and return a list of those users in the search results. You can then view their profiles and add new friends by sending them a friend request.

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Basic Keyword Search

To search quickly using a keyword or phrase type the keyword, name, or topic you are looking for in top right search box located in the site header or navigation area. You can select a specific area to search in from dropdown box to the left of search field. When you are ready click “Submit” and you will be returned a list of all content items and users relevant to your search terms.

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Advanced Search

To search for specific words in a community area, select the type (Members, Photos, Videos, Blogs, Events, Groups, Forums, Files) and then enter the keyword, name, or email address. To search for members, enter their email address. You may specify searching for members with photos only, that are online only, or members of groups created within the community. To search for users by their profile attributes, such as college, member type, or council, use the appropriate block in the search page.

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