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I4Health at PAU: Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health - Good Paths to a Healthier Life

Article from the January 2014 Edition of Global Mental Health Newsletter

It all began in 1998 at the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry. In an effort to create a nonconsumable health service that could reach many and cost little, Dr. Ricardo F. Muñoz and a team of colleagues created a smoking cessation website.

The website has since grown and evolved, now, due to geographic and economic obstacles, most people around the world do not have proper access to health or mental health services. One of the first steps toward reducing global health disparities is to provide self-help tools at little-to-no-cost to the user. Having helped thousands of people all over the world quit smoking in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Since the establishment of the website, Dr. Muñoz and the Latino Mental Health Research Program (LMHRP) have worked toward meeting health and mental health needs around the world through global mindedness, technology and innovation.

Projects have focused on depression prevention and smoking cessation, using internet and mobile phone technology. I4Health, established at Palo Alto University in 2012, works towards further developing the websites and apps conceived by the LMHRP, as well as devising new ways to reach people around the world and meet their health and mental health needs.

Our goal is to develop internet interventions in several languages with the goal of reaching as many diverse cultural groups as possible.

Due to geographic and economic obstacles, most people around the world do not have proper access to health or mental health services. One of the first steps toward reducing global health disparities is to provide self-help tools at little-to-no-cost to the user.

By using the Internet and mobile application technology, our team is committed to developing, testing, and making available to the public behavioral and mental health interventions that can be used again and again by anyone who needs them around the world.

What makes i4Health strong is our diverse team.

Bringing PAU faculty, staff, and students together, our individual experiences, cultural background and skillsets combine to give us a unique perspective on global health issues and a propensity for innovation. In addition to our diverse local team, we are collaborating with teams abroad, including Prof. Eduardo Bunge’s team in Buenos Aires, Argentina, la Fundación Equipo de Terapia Cognitiva Infantil-Juvenil, as well as Prof. Lucy Yardley and Adam Geraghty’s team at the University of Southampton in the UK.

 

 
 
 

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