Report from Workshop on Sociotechnical Interventions for Health Disparity Reduction

May 16, 2018
Free for AMIA members and non-members; no fee.
Katie Siek, PhD; Tiffany Veinot, PhD

This webinar is brought to you by a number of AMIA working groups. These working group co-sponsors include, Clinical Information Systems Working Group, Clinical Research Informatics Working Group, Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Working Group, People and Organizational Issues Working Group, and Consumer and Pervasive Health Informatics Working Group. 

The differential between health outcomes among populations results in a phenomenon known as health disparities and emerges across gender, race, disability, socioeconomic status, geographic location, sexual orientation, and other factors. An opportunity exists to reduce health disparities and improve the health of marginalized populations through the development and implementations of well-designed sociotechnical interventions that leverage informatics approaches. On April 9th and 10th, 2018, the Computing Community Consortium sponsored a workshop co-located with the Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting to develop an integrative research agenda focused on reducing health disparities through sociotechnical interventions. This webinar will present the main findings from this workshop including insights from a multidisciplinary group of attendees and gaps to be addressed through future informatics research and practice. The webinar will end with time for the audience to ask questions from the presenters who organized and facilitated the workshop.  

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to:

  • Identify the ways in which multiple disciplines contribute to our understanding of health disparities.
  • Discuss the challenges in developing sociotechnical solutions to address health disparities, including those that address logistical, ethical, theoretical, and cultural factors.
  • Explain the research questions that must be addressed to move toward more effective sociotechnical solutions for addressing health disparities.
  • Describe possible unintended consequences of sociotechnical interventions.

Speakers Information

Katie Siek, PhD
Associate Professor
Indiana University

Tiffany Veinot, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Michigan

Katie Siek is an associate professor in Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington. Her primary research interests are in human computer interaction, health informatics, and ubiquitous computing. More specifically, she is interested in how sociotechnical interventions affect personal health and well being. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Science Foundation including a five-year NSF CAREER award. She has been awarded a CRA-W Borg Early Career Award (2012) and a Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance Distinguished Visiting Fellowship (2010 & 2015). Prior to returning to her alma mater, she was a professor for 7 years at the University of Colorado Boulder.  She earned her PhD and MS at Indiana University Bloomington in computer science and her BS in computer science at Eckerd College. She was a National Physical Science Consortium Fellow at Indiana University and a Ford Apprentice Scholar at Eckerd College. Dr. Siek co-organized the workshop on Sociotechnical Interventions for Health Disparity Reduction. 

Dr. Tiffany Veinot is an Associate Professor at the School of Information at the University of Michigan. She also has a cross-appointment at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, Dept. of Health Behavior and Health Education. The central question guiding Veinot's research is: "what would health information technologies and services look like if we placed the experiences and needs of marginalized groups at the center of their design and implementation?" Veinot is a recipient of a three-year Early Career Development Award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for her project, “Families, Illness and Information: An Ethnographic, Longitudinal Study.” She has also held or co-held grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) and Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). Dr. Veinot co-organized the workshop on Sociotechnical Interventions for Health Disparity Reduction.