Disseminating Health Disparities Education Through Tele-Learning

Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. 2008;6(4):78-82

 

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Journal Title: Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics

ISSN: 1690-4532 (Print); 1690-4524 (Online)

Publisher: International Institute of Informatics and Cybernetics

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LCC Subject Category: Technology: Technology (General): Industrial engineering. Management engineering: Information technology | Language and Literature: Philology. Linguistics: Communication. Mass media

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

LaSonya Knowles
Anissa Lewis
Denae King
Lovell Jones

EDITORIAL INFORMATION

Double blind peer review

Editorial Board

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Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Twenty years of research demonstrate that there are wide disparities in health throughout America. Health disparities are differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist when specific population subgroups are compared. Health Disparities in America: Working Toward Social Justice is a course instructed every fall by Dr. Lovell Jones, director of The Center for Research on Minority Health (CRMH) at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The CRMH has created a course that examines the social and societal factors that are fundamental in creating disparities in health. Students from 10 different academic programs and institutions participate in this course. The course is unique in the aspect that various, diverse speakers whom are experts in their field of study instruct each class. This health disparities course is conducted at one of three different academic institutions in the Houston area and broadcast via satellite to various academic institutions by means of teleeducation. Tele-education is defined as a mode of instruction utilizing different forms of media such as video, audio technology tools and computers. Video and audio technologies involve the transmission of interface between learners and instructors, either interactive or non-interactive. Tele-education technologies have an important role to play in addressing the dissemination of health disparities education. The purpose of this program is to determine the feasibility of tele-education as a mode of instruction to introduce the multi-disciplinary components of health disparities. Our findings suggest that tele-education is a useful tool in imparting health disparities education.