Reflection From the Field: Dr. Thao Nguyen’s Reflections in Kisumu

Reflection From the Field: Dr. Thao Nguyen’s Reflections in Kisumu

In 2021 I had the opportunity to join a start-up that provided support for schools and businesses to safely reopen in the COVID-19 pandemic. We developed an app to support symptom monitoring, created a vaccine navigator program, and collaborated with local organizations to host vaccine clinics in historically marginalized communities. That was the first time I began to dream about what it could mean to center technology within local communities to bridge disparities in healthcare.   When Dr. Huchko offered me the opportunity to join her team to develop a new iteration of a mobile app, I couldn’t have been more excited. Our app, mSaada, is an integrated digital platform that provides support for community health volunteer-led cervical cancer prevention services. It seeks to improve completion of the key steps in the cervical cancer screening cascade by providing patient education and screening reminders, specimen tracking, result management, follow-up support, and treatment scheduling as needed.   I started developing the barebones of the app in...
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