Technology Improvement Award: Healthy Tech: Addressing West Philadelphia's Socio-technological Status Divide (STS)

The Healthy Tech Project will partner with local West Philadelphia grocery stores to offer both Healthy Tech Stations (desks, chairs, Wi-Fi, computers and printers) as well Medical Student volunteer support to shoppers. The Healthy Tech Stations will give West Philadelphia shoppers access and coaching on how to locate health information using available websites including but not limited to: NNLM, USDA, CDC, OSHA, Aunt Bertha and local FQHC's. The Medical Student volunteers promote the utilization of the Healthy Tech Stations and accessing the information and care by actively inviting and engaging with people in these grocery stores.  For those customers who are wary of technology, medical students will coach about how to use the technology, as well as invite people to tell them questions they may have about health related topics and then create queries for those who are 'tech shy'.   The goal is to provide access to broadband access and health education/ support to empower West Philadelphia residents to take control of their health outcomes.


Lead Organization: Lankenau Medical Center
Project Lead: Lankenau Medical Center
Project Lead: Harven Auguste


Age Group: Adults (19-64 yrs.), Seniors (65+ yrs.)
Geographic Type: Urban
Issues & Interests: Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health
Race & Ethnicity: Blacks/African Americans
Roles of Participants Project is Intended to Serve: General Public

Award Details

Funding Source: Region 1
Project Category: Improvement
Period of Performance: Oct 1, 2021 - Apr 30, 2022
Project Status: Completed

Project Funding

Federal Fiscal Year 2021: $25,000