The overall aim of the MundoComm initiative is to develop an innovative training program that enhances the ability of community-based field teams in Latin America to use Information Community Technology for maternal health improvement. ICT technologies have rapidly gained visibility within maternal and child global health communities, and growing evidence indicates that ICT interventions can significantly improve maternal health in lower- and middle-income countries.
MundoComm team members and faculty meet twice a year at the "Universidad de Ciencias Médicas" UCIMED in San José, Costa Rica for weeklong training sessions. These sessions are focused on topics relating to Maternal Health and the use of ICT to address challenges in delivering maternal and child health services.
Our research component, supplement the overall mission for MundoComm. This research aims to understand multilevel household and community factors affecting maternal health and how they could be impacted by community oriented technology changes. The work was conducted in Honduras, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic to learn more about maternal health and ICTs in the locations they serve.
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Ossip DJ, McIntosh S, Avendaño E, Quiñones ZA, Sánchez Rodríguez JJ, Valladares RA, WangS, Pérez-Ramos JG, Dye TDV -Secondhand Smoke Exposure During Pregnancy in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Honduras- Presented at the 2018 SRNT Annual Meeting, (February 21-24, 2018, Baltimore, Maryland. USA)View Paper
Pérez-Ramos, J.G., Dye, TDV., David, T., Avendaño, E., Flores Golfín, D., Ossip, D., McIntosh, S. –Creating an Information and Communication Technology (ICT)- based immersive improvised learning experience for maternal health emergencies in a resource-challenged environment-Presented at the 2017 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (Nov 4-8, 2017-Atlanta, GA, USA)View Paper
McIntosh, S., Pérez-Ramos, J. G., David, T., Demment, M. M., Avendaño, E., Ossip, D. J., & De Ver Dye, T. (2017). A globally networked hybrid approach to public health capacity training for maternal health professionals in low and middle income countries. Global Health Research and Policy, 2(1), 8.View Paper
McIntosh, S., Pérez-Ramos, J., Demment, M. M., Vega, C. V., Avendaño, E., Ossip, D. J., & Dye, T. D. (2016). Development and Implementation of Culturally Tailored Offline Mobile Health Surveys. JMIR public health and surveillance, 2(1).View Paper
Ossip, D.J., Avendaño, E., McIntosh, S., Perez-Ramos, J., David, T., Demment, M., Miller, L., Benchoam, R. and Dye, T., 2016. MundoComm: Information communication technology for maternal health in Costa Rica and Latin America. Annals of Global Health, 82(3), p.595.View Paper