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Digital Health Initiative

Leveraging the power of digital health technology is one of the ways the Aetna Foundation is working to further its overall goal to improve health in vulnerable and minority communities.  This initiative will support the implementation and evaluation of technology innovations to help address public health concerns.

Digital Health Happening Now

The Aetna Foundation announced more than $1.2 million in grants to support the use of digital health technology, including mobile health or mHealth, among vulnerable and minority populations. These grants will go to a diverse group of 23 organizations across 13 states, including health care organizations, regional hospitals and grassroots organizations all focused on easy-to-use ways to leverage existing technology to impact health. Efforts include:

  • A K-12 digital health curriculum that covers diet and nutrition, exercise and fitness and disease prevention and management. Students can collaborate on projects using social media capability and access the curriculum outside of school with their smartphones or other mobile device.
  • A two-way text faith-based messaging campaign targeting African American women ages 19 to 55 is managed by local health ministers. The campaign delivers actionable exercise, wellness, disease prevention and lifestyle change-related messaging that is tailored to the culture and needs of the local African American faith community

The grants are part of a larger $4 million, three-year digital health commitment from the Aetna Foundation.

Call for Papers

As part of this overall commitment to an evidence-based approach to digital health innovations, the Foundation is supporting the call for papers in an upcoming issue of the American Journal of Public Health. To be considered for inclusion in this supplement, papers must be submitted by March 1, 2014, using the online submission system.

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