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Past Event

Co-Designing mHealth Technologies with Youth: The REACH4Health App

October 7, 2021
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for our hybrid panel "Co-Designing mHealth Technologies with Youth: The REACH4Health App" as a part of the REfugees Act and Communicate for Health (REACH) project on Thursday, October 7, 2021. The event will start with a panel of experts and young people discussing findings of a mixed-methods field study in Turkey, followed by a panel on the REACH4Health App.

We will be very pleased to have you as our online guest at this event, which will give the opportunity to listen to what young people say about their health-related experiences and will be an important step toward realizing this noteworthy project in Turkey and the region.

PROGRAM

1.30 -1.45 pm: Opening Remarks
İpek Cem Taha, Director, Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul 
Asst. Prof. Yanis Ben Amor, Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University
H.E. Ambassador Volkan Chih-Yang Huang, Taipei Economic and Cultural Mission in Ankara
H.E. Ambassador Timothy T. Y. Hsiang, Secretary-General, The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF)

1.45 -3.00 pm: Panel I: REACH Turkey - Research Findings
Prof. Selma Karabey (Moderator), Department of Public Health, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University
Dr. Özge Karadağ, Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University
İnanç Sümbüloğlu, Bir İz Association
Yamama Shahid, Department of Business Administration, Istanbul University

3.00 -3.30 pm: Break

3.30 -5.00 pm: Panel II: REACH4Health App
Asst. Prof. Yanis Ben Amor (Moderator), Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Dr. Özge Karadağ, Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Damla Ceyhan, Department of Public Health, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University
Emin Ayar, NaylaLabs
Yasmina Peker, Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG)
Canan Demir, Youth Approaches to Health Association (SGYD)

REACH

REACH is a regional initiative of Columbia University, which aims to bridge the gap in health literacy and health care access among refugee and local youth living in urban settings via digital health technologies. Supported by the International Cooperation and Development Fund of Taiwan (TaiwanICDF) and Columbia University, the REACH Project in Turkey is implemented with the collaboration of Center for Sustainable Development of Columbia University, Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, Istanbul University, Bir İZ Association, Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG), and Youth Approaches to Health Association (SGYD). With a strong adult-youth partnership, the project includes stakeholder meetings, mixed methods studies with urban youth, qualitative interviews with health service providers and health policymakers, in addition to communication and dissemination activities such as organization of exhibitions, panels, and production of policy briefs and scientific publications. REACH has been working with refugee and local youth, software developers, academia, health professionals, and NGOs to develop a trilingual mHealth application to promote young people’s and vulnerable populations’ health via digital technologies. REACH ultimately aims to increase health literacy and improve health care access among young people, through working with stakeholders to disseminate the app more broadly in Turkey and the region, assess its effectiveness, and contribute to the limited evidence base on using health technologies for youth health promotion in forced migration settings. For more information please click here.