Bridging the Digital Divide: A Bilingual Interactive Health Kiosk for Communities Affected by Health Disparities

  • Kristen Bean University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Olga Davis Arizona State University
  • Hector Valdez
Keywords: Access, Community Information, Health disparities

Abstract

The bilingual interactive health kiosk is a technological intervention to improve access to health education and literacy for underserved communities.  A Community-Based Participatory Research methodology was used to obtain information about the prevalence of use and attitudes toward interactive health kiosks with information on HIV/AIDS, mental health, and substance use.  Interviews and observations of participants revealed the following themes that are important to consider while implementing an interactive health kiosk: 1) market to people with lower health literacy, 2) address community wants and needs, 3) be conscious of computer competency, and 4) be sensitive to participants’ response to technological supports.

Author Biographies

Kristen Bean, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Kristen Bean is an assitant professor in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at University of Hawaii at Manoa. Email: kfbean@asu.edu.
Olga Davis, Arizona State University
Olga Davis is an associate professor at the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center at Arizona State University
Hector Valdez
Hector Valdez is a research assistant at the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center.
Published
2012-11-28
How to Cite
Bean, K., Davis, O., & Valdez, H. (2012). Bridging the Digital Divide: A Bilingual Interactive Health Kiosk for Communities Affected by Health Disparities. The Journal of Community Informatics, 9(2). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.org/index.php/ciej/article/view/934