Recap on Thursday’s #esac tweet chat

Although eHealth and similar concepts have been in the lexicon for almost a decade, if not more, there seems to be increased emphasis on harnessing the use of new and emerging technologies in healthcare/medicine and in public health. Last week’s eSAC (Public eHealth Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean) tweet chat focused specifically on Public eHealth. As a participant in these chats, and someone looking to increase my knowledge of this area, I tried to get a clear definition (and examples) that differentiates ehealth from public health. Thanks @soroyajulian and @FelipeMejiaMedina for continuing to expand our understanding of these areas and how they are operationalized.

First:

https://twitter.com/#!/SoroyaJulian/status/162692742139490304

https://twitter.com/#!/SoroyaJulian/status/162692832925204480

As for examples:

https://twitter.com/#!/SoroyaJulian/status/162692742139490304

https://twitter.com/#!/FelipeMejiaMedi/status/162692713995710464

https://twitter.com/#!/FelipeMejiaMedi/status/162692485343232000

And finally:

https://twitter.com/#!/SoroyaJulian/status/162690874608852993

https://twitter.com/#!/FelipeMejiaMedi/status/162693044829831168

Below are a series of tweets that helps explain the two. Do you have anything else to add? Please share in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to join this week’s Tweet Chat at 7PM EST. Use #esac to follow and participate.

 

Are you a Rising Star in Global Health?

Grand Challenges Canada wants to tap into the creativity, knowledge and skills of emerging innovators from low- and lower-middle income countries to solve some of the most persistent health challenges in the developing world through scientific/technological, business, and social innovation. They are looking for innovative ideas to address complex real-world challenges that involve a scientific or technological solution (new or existing) alone or in combination with social and/or business innovations.

Do you have an idea? Applications are due March 23rd. For more information, go to the Rising Stars in Global Health website at: http://www.grandchallenges.ca/grand-challenges/gc1-stars/rising-stars-in-global-health-program-information/

Join Andre Robb and CrowdOutAIDS

 A few days ago, we posted about Andre Robb’s participation in drafting UNAIDS secretariat strategy. Soroya Julian followed up with him to find out how people across the region can participate in in the process.Through crowdsourcing–a process that enables mass collaboration–the secretariat hopes to engage more young people and others historically left out of strategy development.

So, how does Andre plan to make sure the Caribbean and its specific needs are well represented in the strategy? Here’s what he had to say:

“As far as I understand the CrowdOutAIDS process, the drafting committee is really an aggregator and refiner of the sentiments voiced throughout the process. So at this point, my role may not necessarily be to represent specific needs, as much as it is for me to stay true to the realities experienced by Caribbean young people. I will ensure that in situations where a regional perspective is needed, that I reflect views and insights that have been shared by participants, my own experience and the experiences of those I have access to during the process. The document is being publicly drafted and there is a solutions app on the site, so Caribbean youth and youth all over  the world, continue to have an opportunity to guarantee good representation – isn’t that awesome?!”

Want to get involved? Want to know more about the solutions app that Andre mentioned? Go to the website at CrowdOutAIDS.org of visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/CrowdOutAIDS-North-America-Western-Central-Europe/207451279324304.

 

Tweet Tweet for gaining health knowledge via Twitter

While I’m still skeptical that large numbers of Caribbean people are using the microblogging service, those who do should take advantage of the volume of knowledge available and join the the many online conversations going on about health.

https://twitter.com/#!/SoroyaJulian/status/162670107234009088

For the third week now, PAHO’s eHealth (#esac; 7PM EST) team has been hosting weekly “What is Public eHealth?” tweet chats about eHealth, mHealth and various new media approaches to reducing health inequalities across Latin America and the Caribbean.

And coming up on Monday, January 30, at 2PM EST, the director of the  U.S.’s Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, (@DrFriedenCDC) will host a twitter chat abut cervical cancer. This is timely and relevant because cervical cancer is the 3rd most common cause of cancer in women in the world. research is ongoing to assess the prevalence of cervical cancer in our region. All women are at risk for cervical cancer. And, it is preventable.

So, will you be chatting it up on Twitter?

Andre Robb to Rep Caribbean in UNAIDS ‘CrowdOutAIDS’ Campaign!

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is using a non traditional method called crowdsourcing to develop the new UNAIDS secretariat strategy. Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call (Jeff Howe).

24 year old Andre Robb of Jamaica will join 9 other young adults from around the world, who have been selected as a part of this process. They will form a committee which will spend the next couple of weeks in training, analyzing the data, then using various online tools to collaborate on the development of the strategy.

Andre has worked for the government and civil society on Youth Development, HIV programmes and comprehensive sexuality education programmes in Jamaica. Andre’s advocacy in his country allows him to represent young people on local and international committees and working groups. He is now committed to building social innovation and social entrepreneurship among young Caribbean change makers. Follow him on Twitter:@robbizle7. No doubt Andre will be seeking to advocate for our region’s specific needs in this strategy, but be sure to tweet him and let him know your thoughts.

Meet the entire #CrowdOutAIDS Drafting Committee members: http://shar.es/WRADI