Interactive experience with virtual character to improve program use
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
: 11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Background-The Beacon Community, Cabbarus Health Alliance and North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) collaborated to adapt a Virtual Character to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) environment. The WIC Video Game project leveraged Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) technology from Engineered Care. The WIC Video Game was designed to introduce WIC to new clients. Topics included (1) How to Read Food Vouchers and (2) Intro to WIC. The virtual character, Anna, is a pregnant WIC participant excited to share with her peers. Anna uses teach-back to ensure user comprehension. Objective-The purpose of this study was to assess satisfaction with and effectiveness of the WIC Video Game in the WIC programs of Cabarrus Health Alliance and Rowan and Stanly Health Departments. The study assessed the resources and time required to implement a digital health education solution. Methods-Touch-screen tablets were provided at three WIC centers. Paper surveys were provided to WIC clients following the interaction to assess client satisfaction, knowledge and confidence. Results-At this time the evaluation is still in process; however, preliminary findings suggest that WIC participants find the Anna experience to be an engaging one. Anecdotally, participants offered that This was better than face-to-face cause I have a tendency to zone out when someone talks to me and I liked her. In addition, Anna appears to be an effective learning option with participants noting that Anna is
better than a DVD and this was better than someone talking to you. Discussion-Effectively this project is a pilot intended to collect some preliminary findings about the efficacy of a computer avatar as a health educator. Assuming positive results with WIC clients, we plan to expand the role of Anna to include health education in other public health clinical services and for community-based interventions.
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Discuss the benefits and challenges in using Virtual Characters in health education.
Keyword(s): Health Education, Maternal and Child Health
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Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I coordinated the efforts to create, analyze, design and build the technology.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes
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