Social Media, Self Management, and Global Community

Rupa Valdez, Assistant Professor in the Division of Biomedical Informatics, in the Department of Public Health Sciences, andDavid Edmunds, Director of the Global Development Studies Major, are leading an ongoing international research program based in Westhaven (public housing in Charlottesville) and Town Two (a township outside Cape Town). The research is driven by the question, "In what ways does a combination of in-person and social media-enabled community interaction shape patient engagement, the production of community-based self-management initiatives, and health outcomes?" This FGRU grant will support the engagement of undergraduate students in the development of grant proposals aimed at a full-scale launching of the project in academic year 2016--17.