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e a high degree of acceptability of a mHealth application with an emphasis on visual communication among consumers. Research showed that while participants in the study were likely to use their cell phone to text and make phone calls, the majority of consumers did not prefer to play games or enter competitions on their phone. “Understanding these preferences and how they differ in the U.S. population is important in developing health literacy interventions for mobile phone platforms for use among Spanish-speaking Latinos with low health literacy,” said Kennedy. “Although this study is specific to sedentary behavior and physical activity, the applicability of impacting the field of mobile health communication at large is inevitable. Visual mobile apps could be a complete game changer in the way we, as healthcare providers, share and receive knowledge, strengthen dialog with our patients and improve health outcomes,” Kennedy states.

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Awardee: The Alaska Health Literacy Collaborative (TAHLC)

When it comes to effective communication, one style does not fit all. Every culture has its own way of saying things and its own special expressions. Never has this been more accurate than in the city of Anchorage, Alaska where the student body composition in schools is continually changing. Anchorage is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation, with nearly 100 languages spoken in the Anchorage School District, it has recently become a refugee resettlement city. The Anchorage Health Literacy Collaborative (TAHLC), which is co-led by the Alaska Literacy Program and the University of Alaska Anchorage Graduate Program in Public Health, understands the effects of low health literacy, particularly in underserved areas where people who are new to the community may not even understand how or where to access healthcare and health informatio
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