Youth Health

Projects

  • HackHealth – The goal is to increase the interest of middle school students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the health sciences and to improve their ability to look for and evaluate health-related information, their health-related literacy and self-efficacy, and their ultimate health outcomes. We are entering a new era in which people are increasingly interested in, and expected to take stewardship of their own health. Along with this desire and responsibility comes the need to be able to effectively and efficiently find, assess, and enact personally relevant health-related information within one’s day-to-day life. Today’s youth have an unprecedented opportunity to learn about and adapt healthy habits that will help them to maximize their chances for living long, healthy lives. However, this opportunity can only be realized if youth have both the requisite information and digital literacy skills and a strong sense of self-efficacy when it comes to their health.

People

  • Beth St Jean – University of Maryland
  • Mega Subramaniam – University of Maryland

Papers, Reports and Other Publications

  • St. Jean, B. & Chan, K.C. (2013). “Taking the HINTS about health: An analysis of the health information behavior of a sample of the U.S. public”. In Proceedings of the upcoming Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 76thAnnual Meeting. 
  • St. Jean, B. (2013). “Participant reactivity in a longitudinal mixed-method study of the information behavior of people with type 2 diabetes: Research validity vs. “street validity””. In Proceedings of the upcoming Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 76thAnnual Meeting. 
  • Arns, J., Copeland, C., Jaeger, P. T., Mehra, B., Subramaniam, M., Kawooya, D., & Martin, M. (2013). Information outsiders of the 21st century: Access and implications for information behavior research. In Proceedings of the upcoming Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 76thAnnual Meeting. 

Upcoming Events

  • Information Behavior reading group
  • Paper clinic for ASIS&T (probably in late March, just after Spring Break)

Funding and Grants