With the increasing range of digital technologies providing more avenues to share health information with the public, associate professor and associate dean, Dr. Jennifer Manganello, is examining the use of technology and health information preferences of New York State residents to better determine how to get information about health to them.
Dr. Manganello, who is part of the School of Public Health, partnered with the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention and the Bassett Research Institute to examine how New Yorkers are accessing and using technology in general and as it pertains to health information.
Using current data from the New York State Media and Technology Use Survey, Dr. Manganello and her team developed three published studies about access and preferences for technology use, how health literacy impacts preferences for health information, and the use of technology in the Hispanic/Latino communities.
“There are many ways to provide health information, but it is important to think about who an organization is trying to reach,” said Dr. Manganello. “Technology use and preferences for information vary for different groups. It is also important to be sure that the information provided is easy to understand.”
In “Media and technology access, use, and preferences for receiving health information among New York State residents,” published in the journal JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, Dr. Manganello and her team found that: