Mobile Systems Education and Resources for Consumer Health MSEARCH 2018 is an electronic skill building program focused on educating 89' in Harris County on how to navigate National Libraries of Medicine NLM health information resources using mobile device technology. The program will address the information-seeking needs of 89' while providing ready access to NLM online information resources. This program is an expansion of several previous MSEARCH programs that were developed and successfully implemented by the Greater Houston Area Health Education Center GHAHEC at eleven community centers since. As a result of the program, approximately 220 89 learned basic mobile tablet device skills and were introduced to the NIHSeniorHealth.gov, Go4Life.gov and MedlinePlus.gov websites. The MSEARCH 2018 program will be carried out using a similar methodology. The target population will be reached at three centralized senior centers throughout Houston, Harris County. The program curriculum will incorporate lessons covering tools available on MedlinePlus.gov, nia.nih.gov/health, and Go4Life.gov websites. We will teach the curriculum to approximately fifteen to twenty 89 and at least one staff member at each location. For optimal results, we will partner with Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Centers, Inc., formerly Neighborhood Centers Inc., to access the target population. The agency will support the project by providing classroom space and wireless Internet access at each of its affiliated senior centers to attract participants throughout the Houston area. GHAHEC will purchase 30 mobile tablet devices to accommodate the learning needs of older 88. In addition, upon program graduation, each training location will receive one desktop computer to set-up for public Internet access. It is our desire to motivate participation in the program and empower 89' to take a more active role in their healthcare.
Greater Houston Area Health Education Center