- Status: Active
- Launch: Summer 2013
- Funding Agencies: Center for Public Service Communications
- Team: Mega Subramaniam, Beth St. Jean, Natalie Greene Taylor & Rebecca Follman
- Mission: To increase the interest of middle school students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the health sciences and to improve their ability to look for and evaluate health-related information, their health-related literacy and self-efficacy, and their ultimate health outcomes
- Target Population: Disadvantaged tweens (youth aged 11 to 13) attending selected Title I middle schools.
- Website: http://hackhealth.umd.edu
This project will investigate ways to increase tweens’ interest in the health sciences, their health-related literacy and self-efficacy, their ability to look for and evaluate health-related information, and their ultimate health outcomes.
Preliminary Research Questions:
(1) How do tweens go about looking for and evaluating health-related information online and how do they perceive the various health-related resources available online?
(2) How can we best teach tweens to look for and evaluate health-related information online?