Using Mobile to Strengthen Health Services and Integration for Children


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantee Dr. Michelle Rogers, of Drexel University, used her funding to evaluate how Magpi (then called EpiSurveyor) might be used to strengthen health services, and encourage physical activity in obese and overweight children in underserved areas of North Philadelphia.

By using EpiSurveyor, children can document their activities, as well as their reactions to those activities. EpiSurveyor also allows doctors to “ping” participants with health messages throughout the day.

Dr. Rogers “tailored the tool for patients receiving care at a healthy weight clinic within St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, which serves a medically underserved area of North Philadelphia that is at a greater risk for childhood obesity.”  She has subsequently been involved in researching the use of mobile and other technology to train midwives in Uganda and elsewhere.

Read more about Dr. Rogers’ work.



Photo of Dr. Rogers courtesy of New Connections.

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