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B-RESILIENT

Tracks:
  • Service: Apps for a More Livable LA
Depression is anticipated to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020. Moreover, it is a particularly challenging issue to address in under-resourced communities of color, where depression is common and often goes untreated because evidence-based interventions, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), are often not available or services may not be trusted in such communities. Partnered research approaches have been shown to be effective for addressing disparities in health service use and research participation in under-resourced communities by fostering respect and trust development through two-way knowledge exchange. Concurrently, mobile health interventions have opened new avenues for delivering health care services while addressing disparities, yet they often have substantial financial and resource constraints that limit their implementation. Identifying low-cost, effective mobile health interventions to support depression self-management offers much promise for reducing disparities and improving depression outcomes in under-resourced communities. We developed a resiliency-based mobile intervention for depression self-management (B-RESILIENT) created using the Community-Partnered Participatory Approach. The B-RESILIENT texting intervention was born out of community and patient partners’ requests to increase the availability of coping resources used in Building Resiliency in Communities for Health (B-RICH)--a manualized, 7-week class led by lay health workers to introduce CBT concepts--that emerged as a key innovation in Community Partners in Care (CPIC). Consistent with tracking and building on community input and engagement in interventions, the present study uses the same community engagement approach to expand access and availability to core coping and symptom self-management resources as well as information on and encouragement to receive needed services, through a mobile platform (Chorus). Chorus (developed by Armen Arevian) applies Community-Partnered Participatory Research (CPPR) principles to enable Participatory Technology Development in which engaged stakeholders create mobile apps (such as text messaging, interactive voice and smartphone web-apps) during workgroups and then test/deploy their apps in real-time. Importantly, this process enables a shift in the locus of control for development and maintenance of mobile interventions to stakeholders directly, increasing the group’s ability to develop and maintain mobile interventions in the community more generally, while building trust and community capacity. Chorus is uniquely designed to facilitate participatory co-development of the mobile app with community partners and personalization of features by individual app users. These features are well-suited to engagement and development of trust in self-management tasks in under-resourced communities. Specifically, our B-RESILIENT intervention is a text-messaging application that introduces and reinforces principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in order to support personal resiliency and reduce the risk for and impact of depressive symptoms and promote symptom self-management in response to multiple stressors in under-resourced communities of color. The B-RESILIENT intervention is a prime application of Participatory Technology Development; it involves both a text messaging-based mobile app and a community-partnered process to support tailoring of the app to specific community needs. In addition, the app development process promotes sustainable maintenance of the technology by stakeholders directly through Chorus, the participatory technology platform. We created a mobile web application in which participants followed-up on their experience with B-RESILIENT through surveys and also monitored their depression over one month to see the impact the B-RESILIENT app had.
Skills Recruiting:
  • Mobile Web Developer
  • Content Expert

Campus Mood

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  • Research: Apps that Enhance Self-Knowledge Via Data Quantified-Self Apps
Using data from Social Media (example Twitter) we can provide real-time sense of the mood on campus. We will analyze posts for using machine learning and open source tools such as the IBM Watson Tone Analyzer to figure out the emotion of the posts people are creating. We will also data mine to find campus mood of the campus in relationship to recent events. Contact me to join the Team!
Skills Recruiting:
  • Mobile Web Developer
  • iOS Developer
  • Android Developer
  • Website Developer
  • Content Expert

Diversity in Faculty Hiring

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  • Education: Apps that Support Diversity in Education
This app builds upon our research into the evolution of gender diversity in academic departments. We are building an app that helps university deans and department heads understand how their hiring decisions today will influence the level of gender diversity in their departments 5, 10, 20, or more years down the road. The hope is that these predictions will help departments meet diversity targets by giving them a sense of their progress towards those targets.
Skills Recruiting:
None listed

Evidence Locker: Accessible Digital Reading

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  • Education: Apps that Support Diversity in Education
Evidence Locker, a learning tool under development at CDH, teaches students about literary analysis. Students annotate an electronic text, create arguments about that text, and peer review each other’s arguments about that text. Currently, however, there are two audiences that have trouble using Evidence Locker. The first is users who use screen readers: a screen reader cannot currently detect the text on pages in Evidence Locker. The second is economically disadvantaged "smartphone-only" internet users: a 2016 Pew Research Survey shows that 13% of Americans are "smartphone-only" users who have smartphones, but no home broadband. Evidence Locker's interface is currently not mobile-friendly. To address these needs, we will make the interface of Evidence Locker more inclusive. We will work with the Disabilities and Computing Program to make the interface compatible with assistive technology. We will also revise the interface to enable students whose primary access to the internet is through a smartphone to use the tool.
Skills Recruiting:
None listed

Hansel

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  • Service: Apps for a More Livable LA
Los Angeles is an amazing city, but it's size and traffic make it less livable. Hansel brings you walking tours that make it easy to leave your car at home and explore LA. Come walk with Hansel through the great neighborhoods of Los Angeles!
Skills Recruiting:
  • Mobile Web Developer
  • iOS Developer
  • Android Developer
  • Website Developer
  • Content Expert
  • Other

Health Stories

Tracks:
  • Education: Apps that Support Diversity in Education
Based on the idea of Social Cognition and established Entertainment Education theoretical frameworks, Health Stories is a system for collecting and recreating stories from patients who have interesting health experiences to tell. Users can read and discuss stories from other patients, submit their own story, and have the option to enter in health related information that facilitates data collection for further research and analysis. This not only facilitates and encourages health education, but also promotes interest in preventative activities (healthier choices) and provides the motivation to follow through. Stories can eventually be shared onto various social media platforms, or adapted into different forms, such as a video or audio , to allow the general public to learn more about health and medicine. As we distribute and repackage the stories received through content partners that we currently work with, we will expand the impact of the stories in addition to attracting new users. Potential users range from patients who are concerned about the conditions they have and how a certain diagnosis will affect their life all the way to people who may not have any health issues but are interested in learning more for themselves or for their families. Story content is continuously monitored and updated by healthcare professionals to ensure they are aligned with healthcare guidelines. Health Stories is different from existing health apps in that personal stories are more emotionally appealing and encouraging, and research shows that they can provide the crucial motivation needed for people to actually act on the health knowledge acquired.
Skills Recruiting:
None listed

Kurbbit - The Community Parking Network

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  • Service: Apps for a More Livable LA
We are creating an improved sharing economy network, The Community Parking Network. Think of Kurbbit as the Airbnb of parking, with a twist. It is a mobile website and iOS platform that connects a two-sided network of hosts and guest for short, medium, and long-term parking in congested communities. Hosts can make extra cash by renting out their unused parking spaces, and Kurbbit charges a commission on every transaction. Kurbbit’s twist is what makes it unique. The platform encourages drivers to develop parking friendly communities by providing features to connect drivers leaving a destination with drivers arriving. Successful on-street spot swaps reward drivers leaving a destination with Kurbbit Community Points, which are interchangeable for various parking and commuter related benefits.
Skills Recruiting:
  • Mobile Web Developer
  • iOS Developer
  • Website Developer

mplant

Tracks:
  • Research: Apps that Enhance Self-Knowledge Via Data Quantified-Self Apps
mplant is a National Science Foundation award-winning platform that helps general dentists who want to place their dental implant cases by providing a research-based patient-custom treatment plan that if followed, it will decrease the 56% rate of complications that is mainly due to poor planning, it also helps decreasing the fear factor of complications that 65% of the current general dentists have.
Skills Recruiting:
  • iOS Developer
  • Android Developer
  • Website Developer

NICU Essentials

Tracks:
  • Education: Apps that Support Diversity in Education
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a fast-paced environment that is often stressful for learning pediatric trainees. As a result, educational objectives for the rotation are often sacrificed due to the dynamic flow of ICU patient care and is further exacerbated by constraints placed by resident duty hour and the transient nature of resident schedules. Recent surveys from pediatric residents NICU rotations indicate a desire for more consistent educational instruction that will seamlessly fit into their daily workflow. Asynchronous learning is a student centered instructional method where interactions between the teacher and learner are independent of time and place. This allows pediatrics residents greater flexibility to achieve their educational goals at their own pace. The ubiquity of mobile technology in the medical setting is a prime vehicle for delivery for educational curricula to the next generation of pediatric trainees. The goal of "NICU Essentials" will be to develop an education curriculum for pediatric trainee use during their NICU rotations that will be delivered via a mobile app. The app will provide trainees with pre-recorded video lectures, multiple choice questions and articles to augment their learning during their rotation through the NICU in addition to a variety of other educational tools.
Skills Recruiting:
  • Mobile Web Developer
  • iOS Developer

Participate

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  • Service: Apps for a More Livable LA
App will allow UCLA community members to anonymously and safely ask for material or service help, and offer material or service. No strings attached, all free, no data-mining. Easy platform and interface for low-tech and reader service to be used on mobile phones and devices. The purpose is to increase individual and community participation, fulfill diverse needs of individuals and groups in a safety-net without judgment or data-mining, and reduce wasted resources and landfill on campus and within communities affiliated to campus through individual staff, students, patients, alumni, volunteers, and faculty.
Skills Recruiting:
None listed

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