The term “mhealth” has been thrown around a lot lately but what does it mean? Short for mobile health, mhealth is the practice of medicine or public health that uses mobile communication technology, usually cellphones.
People are excited about mhealth for its potential to reach even the poorest and most difficult to reach communities domestically and internationally (international mhealth project funding opportunity here: http://bit.ly/XVq2EO). Both our 2011 white paper and a recent study released by Pew Research, entitled Teens and Technology 2013, affirm that cell phone usage is especially high among young people, which presents a tremendous opportunity for reproductive health and HIV/STD prevention.
In parallel with this trend, our newest track at YTH Live, Youth + Tech + Health, is entitled “mHealth for Youth.” As previewed at our Google Hangout on Text Messaging Beyond the Basics, topics we will discuss are how to:
Leverage cell phone technology to reach youth with health messages,
Create effective health reminders through SMS, and
Address personal and sensitive health topics through the small screen.
Jessica Frasure-Williams of California Department of Public Health will discuss “We all Test,” a San Diego STD-testing reminder system, Dano Beck from the Oregon Health Authority will demonstrate Oregon Reminders, an HIV testing and adherence mobile site, and Cristina Rodriguez-Hart from CDC and Florida Department of Health will present data from Florida’s text-in for STD results project.
If you have questions like “how do I start my own text messaging campaign” or “how do I create a health app?” then you need to register for YTH Live and learn from the experts!