Online Program

Survivor-U: A Mobile Application Designed with/for African American Cancer Survivors

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Elizabeth Williams, PhD, Public Health, Health Administration and Health Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Navita Gunter, Cervical Cancer Coalition of Tennessee, Nashville, TN
Doris McLay, Sisters Network Nashville, Nashville, TN
Suen Jeffery, MS, MPH, Public Health, Health Administration and Health Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Kenneth Sessions, EMBA, MPA, Student Media Center, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
In recent years, there has been a proliferation of mobile applications to support cancer treatment, decision making and survivorship. Whether developed by healthcare organizations, academic institutions or others, these applications provide accessible forms of support and information to those affected by cancer.  While many of these applications are designed to reach wide audiences of cancer survivors, very few are developed specifically for cancer survivors from racial/ethnic minority populations.  With the growing number of cancer survivors of color in the United States, mobile applications tailored to address the unique cultural needs of African American cancer survivors are warranted. Those that include African American cancer survivors in the design and testing of these applications further increases the value-added to these health tools.

Survivor- U is a mobile application designed to support African American cancer survivorship. Created with and for African American cancer survivors, Survivor-U addresses information and support needs identified by cancer survivors in a culturally tailored way. Describing the rationale, design and development of this mobile application, this project provides a way of thinking about the cultural tailoring of mobile applications as health tools and the benefits of developing tools not just with end users in mind, but actually with end users as co-developers.

As a community-based applied research project engaging African American cancer survivors, Public Health researchers, and Information Technology specialists, this project further underscores the importance of considering culture as unique design dimension important in developing potable cancer survivorship tools for diverse cancer survivor audiences.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the relevance of developing culturally tailored mobile applications for African American cancer survivors. Identify particular ways African American survivors add value to the design of portable cancer survivorship tools in collaboration with other design partners. Assess the utility of engaging multiple constituent groups (cancer survivors, researchers, IT specialists) in the development of a mobile cancer survivorship support tool.

Keyword(s): African American, Cancer

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal and co-principal investigator on federally funded grants and contracts focusing on cancer health disparities. Among my scientific interests has been the identification of culturally specific strategies to support cancer prevention, control and survivorship and projects which support community engagement through Community-based Participatory Research and applied activities.
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.