Decreasing Health Disparities through Technology: Building a Community Health Website

  • Olga Idriss Davis
  • Kristen Bean
  • Dominica McBride
Keywords: Health Disparities, Website, Health, Access, Health Literacy


The mission of participatory health communication is to collaborate with communities to provide new information about health knowledge, access to care, and the health needs specific to a community. We present the development of the Community Health Website for communities affected by health disparities in the Southwest United States. The internet is used to effectively engage populations that have been traditionally thought of as unreachable through community-based and culturally-centered research approaches. Specifically, we offer suggestions in working to solve public health problems of underserved communities in the Southwest through web-based health education, interactive kiosks, outreach and participation.