EHealth Promotion and YouthPresentation Transcript
Creating youth leadership networks through eHealth technologies
Alex Jadad & Cameron Norman
In 1996: A wake up call…
Our world has changed…
I have been listening...
It is accelerating...
Are we ready for exponential change?
Wikipedia: exponential growth
How could we explain to them that we would not even use the phone?
How Does Technology Help Support Behaviour Change?
What Skills Are Needed To Use Technology for Health?
How Can Technology Engage Change Efforts in the Physical World?
What is the impact of youth engagement programs on physical and mental health?
What do we know?
52 articles included
Eleven major themes emerged and were organized into three separate categories:
1) method of engagement, 2) setting, and 3) motivation for project
Nearly half were published between 2005 and 2009 (n=24)
10 published in the past year.
15 articles were published between 2000 and 2004
Only 3 published prior to 2000
Building engagement into existing educational curriculum
Combining school & community projects
(i.e., classroom assignments/projects that focus on community outreach)
(e.g.,forum theatre, drama, media projects, Photovoice)
What is Youth Engagement?
Addresses social exclusion and lack of participation opportunities that can lead to marginalization
Linking youth to services and opportunities
Promoting empowerment through a focus on assets and capacities
Youth 4 Health – 4 Pillars of Programming
Cancer Care, Prevention, Health and Wellbeing
Food and Nutrition
Mental Health Promotion
Youth 4 Health
By becoming navigators, youth will:
apply their skills to support their families and communities
connect adults to the health and social service system
provide a service and opportunity for mentorship (both as mentors to adults and as learners with older adults).
FindHelp / 211 Ontario
Telephone and Web-based information referral service focused towards newcomers
Website provides a fully searchable, bilingual point of access to over 56,000 community, social, health and related government programs and services in Ontario
Part of a network of service providers across North America and currently the largest of these services
The Youth Experience through Storytelling
Photovoice and video capture
Surveys, interviews and dialogue
Pillars of Education
Learning to Know
Learning to Be
Learning to Do
Learning to Live Together
Youth As Leaders
Example: Our Community - Latent Wisdom
“ The community is a usually overlooked resource. We do not realize the communal knowledge harboured in the minds of the people around us. When the population in the neighbourhood is over 15, 000 people from all over the world, you end with an immense amount and incredibly diverse set of skills and information. So talk to your neighbour and see what surprises you learn!!”
Participant quote from St. James Town Youth
SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY
Social network spread, engagement, impact
Web and Media analytics
Social network analysis
Social positions & impact
Quantity, quality and relational ties
Conversation stream assessment
Participatory Multimedia Design
Physical Design / Digital Products
Many Voices / Many Messages
Training Research Foci
Evaluation of training program
Self-determination oriented outcomes
& a team of more than 100 youth and 20 agencies
Youth are networked, ready to lead, and naturals to fill gaps in the health system
Social media and mobile technologies provide opportunities for youth to generate, collect, distribute, and rework information for populations in need
Interactive, dynamic media strategies can enable a wider conversation with the public using diverse literacy methods
Funding provided by: Citizenship & Immigration Canada Canadian Institutes of Health Research Thank you