CommunicateHealth periodically posts “green” papers to share our thinking on timely topics related to consumer health and user-centered design.
A Role for Consumer Messaging in Health IT (PDF) By Stacy Robison, MPH, CHES and Xanthi Scrimgeour, MHEd, CHES As the best and the brightest among us race to realize the potential of intelligent health IT, we must not lose sight of the person standing on the other side of the finish line: the health care consumer….
CommunicateHealth is developing a series of audio slideshows to convey health promotion and disease prevention information to consumers with limited literacy skills. The slideshows feature real people discussing the small steps they took for their health. Jim, an older adult and the subject of the “Heart Health” episode, talks about how he made small changes to his diet and physical activity to help lower his risk for heart attack.
Heart Health: Jim’s Story
CommunicateHealth proudly collaborated in the implementation of the Examining the Built Environment PhotoVoice project. PhotoVoice uses photography as a method to organize and empower community members. The Northampton, MA project involved at-risk youth, non-native English speakers, and older and disabled adults living in public housing.
In response to the issues raised by the PhotoVoice project, the Northampton Board of Health passed a Resolution on the Built Environment and the city now requires a Health Impact Assessment before new development projects are approved. In addition, the sanitation concerns identified by PhotoVoice participants were cleaned-up.
This project illustrates how policymakers and health professionals can use alternative community assessment methods that empower community members, including those with limited health literacy skills, to have a voice in creating health policy.
Partner: City of Northampton Health Equity Task Force