Online Program

Technology use and health related information in Low-income Pregnant and Post-Partum Women

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Shauna Acquavita, PhD, MSW, School of Social Work, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Debra Krummel, PhD, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Alex Talks, B.B.A., School of Social Work, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
Alexandria Cobb, B.S., School of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
Erin McClure, PhD, Addiction Sciences Division, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Low income mothers who are pregnant and/or who have infants face a host of challenges that may interfere with participation in interventions. Utilizing technology for a targeted, behavior-based intervention could improve health status and outcomes in this population.

A cross-sectional survey of 170 low-income, pregnant and/or post-partum mothers (up to 1 year) was conducted on the use of technology and receptivity to use of these tools to receive health-related information. Age ranged from 15 to 41. Thirty-eight percent were pregnant, 65% had given birth within the last 12 months (5% fit both categories). Majority were African American (60%), followed by white (36%), and 4% were Latino. Most participants were single (79%), and had a high school diploma (52%). Participants provided information on their receptivity, thoughts of effectiveness, helpfulness, convenience, utilization, and concerns of using a technology-based intervention through computers, tablets, and cell phones. 

Nearly 97% of participants reported having a cell phone.  The most frequent way participants accessed the internet was through their cell phone. Seventy-two percent reported having an email account they checked at least weekly. Eighty-nine percent of participants reported using the Internet to search for information on health related topics. Twenty-nine percent had used a health-related or self-help application on their cell phone. Top concerns about using cell phones for health counseling included accessibility, time, and confidentiality. It is important for researchers and practitioners to address this population’s technology concerns, and determine if and how a behavioral health intervention with technology can lead to success.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify any concerns low- income pregnant and post-partum women have with utilizing technology for a behavioral health intervention. Assess which technology low-income pregnant and post-partum women would be most receptive to use for a behavioral health intervention.

Keyword(s): Technology, Women's Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I received a HRSA funded Pre-doctorate fellowship in Maternal and Child Health.I also have been and currently am co-investigator on health information technology grants one of which is funded through NIH. Among my scientific interests is utilizing technology for health related interventions in vulnerable populations to address substance use disorders.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.