In recent years, the expansion of mobile health (mHealth) technologies, including health text messaging, mobile phone apps, remote monitoring and portable sensors, have changed the way healthcare is being delivered in the U.S. and globally. The potential to provide citizens with an unprecedented level of access to health resources can help all of us as public health professionals achieve our goal of creating healthier communities. During November’s NCI Research to Reality cyber-seminar, we will explore the role of mHealth in cancer prevention and control and present some new innovative tools and resources that public health practitioners and researchers can use. Dr. Audie Atienza will provide an overview of where we are in the field of mHealth, what HHS is doing in this arena, and the implications for cancer prevention and control. Then we will hear from Drs. Gustafson and Augustson about the evidence-based mHealth tools they have developed and implemented to help public health practitioners and researchers, as well as the lessons they have learned along the way. Dr. Gustafson will discuss his tool, Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS), a computer-based system of integrated services designed to help individuals cope with a health crisis or medical concern. Dr. Augustson will share the work his group has done around the NCI Smokefree Text program as well as other new mobile apps and their integration with social media.
Join us as we examine this important and innovative new field and learn how your community and the programs, policies and research you implement might benefit from this work!