Getting Started with Digital Health: New Guides and Resources

We know that mobile phones have the power to provide health workers with up-to-date training and information. Digital tools  can allow training to reach more people in their own communities. However, with so much training happening in person, and the wealth of information that’s available in paperform – where do we begin? How can we change our practices to incorporate new technologies into training and communication?

 

mPowering Frontline Health Workers, USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Project (MCSP), and the Knowledge for Health Project (K4Health) hosted an event to look at this very question. During a presentation at MCSP, our teams shared tools and resources to help program managers, technical experts, and trainers begin to incorporate digital content and approaches in their work. Some of the resources we shared included:

  • K4Health’s Content Adaptation Guide: This interactive guide helps users understand how to adapt content to a new context, language, delivery mechanism, or other form. Through worksheets and case studies, users can practice changing existing content to make it meaningful to a new audience.
  • Creating with Mobile in Mind: This advocacy document explains why it matters to design materials and resources that can be used on a mobile device. Mobile-friendly materials matter, as more people now are accessing the internet for the first time on a mobile device than on a computer.
  • Creative Commons FAQ: Creative Commons licenses are important tools for sharing digital content. This document answers frequently asked questions like: Where can I learn more about available licenses? How do I choose the one that meets my needs?
  • Mobile Training Discussion Guide: Using digital health in a new or existing program can take a number of forms, but it always requires careful planning. This guide will help a team consider a new idea to integrate a digital tools and content into a training program. It asks questions about each phase of development, implementation, and evaluation; and provides space for teams to make notes.

We encourage you to access these resources, and contact info@mpoweringhealth.org with any questions. These are only a few of the tools that can help you integrate digital health into training and communications programs – for even more ideas, take a look at the mHealth Knowledge site or join the Global Digital Health Network. If you use any of these tools to develop a mobile training or product, send us an email and let us know.

By Carolyn Moore and Liz Eddy.
Images:
Midwifery students in Ghana use a tablet in training. Kate Holt/MCSP
Cover of Making Content Meaningful, K4Health