Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Translating Science into Solutions for Better Health


Designing mHealth for Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations


The event is organized by the USC mHealth Collaboratory: Bringing together researchers and partners from across USC and beyond to lead advances in research, well-being and health care through mobile strategies.

Vickie Mays, Director of the BRITE Center, is a Professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Letters and Sciences, as well as a Professor in the Department of Health Services. The mission of the BRITE Center is to support the innovative use of research, science and policy development to help eliminate disparities in physical and mental health for communities that are traditionally underserved by academic research. The acronym BRITE comes from the center’s tagline: to Bridge Research, Education, Innovation, Training and Education on minority health disparities. One of the major thrusts of the BRITE center is integrating mobile and connected health into health care for underserved populations. Dr. Mays will talk about important considerations and steps that need to be taken to develop mHealth technologies that are appropriate and effective for racial/ethnic minorities.

Dr. Shinyi Wu is Associate Professor of the USC School of Social Work and the Viterbi School of Engineering, and Associate Director of Social and Health Services Research of the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging. She will present her mobile automatic depression assessment system, which was developed for LA County Department of Health Services. She will discuss considerations for development of this technology for use in these underserved and racially diverse populations, and present some of her study outcomes

Maggie Ramirez, PhD Candidate with Dr. Wu, will present her user-centered design approach and some preliminary results of her mHealth application to promote physical activity among underserved, predominantly Hispanic patients with diabetes.

Support for the mHealth Collaboratory is provided by a grant from the USC Research Collaboration Fund offered through the USC Office of Research, with additional support from the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research, the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), and the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI).