Keywords: health translations, health informatics, medical information
In our study of people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease in Flint, Michigan, we found people actively trying to manage their health in the face of poverty, potentially violent conditions, high stress, and a distrust of institutionalized medicine. More specifically, we observed people translating the health information they're handed into the context of their everyday lives - creating local strategies for chronic illness management.
Currently we are constructing a generalized application, named FIT, to help people understand their chronic conditions. FIT is video-based and personalized to individuals in their local contexts.