Community Health Informatics Workshop planned for May 30
April 01, 2013 College News - The Community Engagement Key Function of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin is sponsoring a Community Health Informatics Workshop on May 30 at the UWM School of Continuing Education. The keynote speaker, Seth Foldy, MD, MPH, is a physician and consultant on public health and health informatics.
Dr. Foldy recently completed a two-year appointment as Distinguished Consultant at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he was Director of the Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office.
Community Health Informatics (CHI) is a relatively new field of study and applied practice concerned with how information technology relates to and can assist communities in addressing pressing individual and public health problems. There is increasing recognition that informatics can play a key role in improving community and individual health outcomes.
This workshop will be an interdisciplinary arena where stakeholders from the community, computer science, public health and information science come together to identify community health concerns that may benefit from the application of innovative technological solutions. This community-centered approach will use elements of collaborative design and community engagement. This area emphasizes the importance of community user-centered design to increase the adoption and ease of use of computer science applications and systems which address the ultimate goal of improving population health.
Even when the underpinnings are very technical or theoretical, relevance, ease of use and community uptake to improve population health are the ultimate goals. Computerized data management, electronic health records, GIS mapping, smartphone “apps” and social media are dramatically changing how and when health related information is accessed.
This Community Health Informatics workshop will bring together representatives from Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), community engagement researchers and information scientists actively working or interest in applying technology to tackle complex community health problems.
Learn more and register at ctsi.mcw.edu.