MSEARCH (Mobile Systems Education and Resources for Consumer Health) 2
Mobile Systems Education and Resources for Consumer Health (MSEARCH) 2 is an electronic skill-building program focused on educating seniors in Harris County how to navigate National Library of Medicine (NLM) health information resources using mobile device technology. The program will address the information-seeking needs of seniors while providing ready access to NLM e-health information resources. This program is an expansion of the MSEARCH program that was developed and successfully implemented by the Greater Houston Area Health Education Center (GHAHEC) at four community centers last year. Because of the program, approximately 80 seniors learned basic mobile tablet device skills and were introduced to the NIHSeniorHealth and Medlines Plus websites the MSEARCH 2 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 Medline Plus, the NIHSeniorHealth and Go4Life websites. We will teach the curriculum to approximately fifteen seniors and at least one staff member at each location. For optimal results, we will collaborate with Neighborhood Center 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 adults. In addition, upon program graduation, each training location will receive on desktop computer to set-up for public Internet access. It is our desire to motivate participation in the program and empower seniors to take a more active role in their healthcare.