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General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

Solving the Online (Youth Health Information) Health Equity Problem

Pediatrician and public health expert Dr. Kishan Kariippanon believes that while computers and mobile phones are overall giving youth greater access to health information, they are creating health disparities.

For example, youth today are increasingly using the Internet to find information about their symptoms before doctor appointments.

Dr.  Kariippanon proposes five ways to reduce this health disparity gap at his blog posting Youth, Healthcare & Online Communication 

1. Create health information in video and audio format accessible via mobile phone in small bite sizes, i.e.Miwatj Health videos

2. Data and statistical information should be provided in visual format i.e. Hans Rosling’s Gapminder 
3. Health information needs to appeal to young people through contemporary design, innovative websites and the use of social networking sites i.e., Fully Sick Rapper (TB).

4. Youth drop in centres need to be redesigned to incorporate the creation of health resources for youth by youth in their core business, i.e. Studio 34

5. Youth organizations and drop in centres need to promote a service component in their youth programs that will allow young people to connect with each other through joint community development projects.


1. Gwen Van Servellen, Communication Skills for the Health Care Professional, Concepts, Practice and Evidence. 2nd Edition 2009.

May 10, 2011 - Posted by | Consumer Health, Public Health | , , ,


  1. Hi Janice,
    I keep coming back mobile phones, health data/information in visual format when I think of how fast the privileged are benefiting from this head spin of innovation compared to the less fortunate.

    What are you thoughts on this? What challenges lie ahead?


    Comment by kishan | May 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Hello Kishan,

      To be honest, I only sense there is indeed a large gap between the privileged and poor when it comes to health information and access to technology as mobile phones.
      And at this time I do not know enough to be able to even guess what challenges there are.

      Thanks for all you are doing in this area. Your posting made me aware of possibilities and technology applications that are working now.



      Comment by Janice Flahiff | May 11, 2011 | Reply

  2. You’re welcome and thank you for connecting me with your blog!


    Comment by kishan | May 11, 2011 | Reply

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