Bringing Health Tech Access to Low-Income Residents

Casey Strickler is one of several dozen young people who spent a day at the Chicago Community Trust brainstorming ways to make it easier for people to access health information. She’s a member of Chicago Health Corps and, along with her colleagues, is giving input to help create online sources, called Smart Health Centers.

The resource will provide medical records and information to people who don’t usually have access to smartphones and computers. The Smart Health Centers will be located in several low-income clinics throughout the city of Chicago.

Part of the group’s challenge is to find ways to make complex health information understandable to the average person, familiarize non-computer users with how to search data, and help older people become comfortable with using technology.

Spearheading the effort is the Smart Chicago Collaborative, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Chicago through technology. ❒

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