December 18, 2012 9:00 AM
Some of the lessons Tulane University learned in launching mobile health units and neighborhood clinics after Hurricane Katrina are finding their way across the globe.
Berger spoke at ELES 4 Africa, a global conference dedicated to sharing new strategies and technologies for public health in Africa.“Tulane has made so much progress in the past seven years using innovative tools to address health disparities,” Berger says. “The philosophy behind the work I do is not to isolate and protect these ideas, but rather to share these experiences so others can modify and duplicate them to help their own communities.”
The disaster underscored the importance of bringing care directly to those who needed “rather than waiting for people to come into your doors,” she says.Secondly, social media, text messaging and other mobile technologies are increasingly important to engage patients. Berger was surprised to see how health organizations even in rural areas of West Africa were using it for outreach.
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