Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Graduate Program in Development Workshop -- Use of Mobile Technologies to Promote Reproductive and Public Health in the Russian Federation

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

Graduate Program in Development Workshop with Elena Dmitrieva (visiting scholar) and Linda Cook (Political Science) 

"Use of Mobile Technologies to Promote Reproductive and Public Health in the Russian Federation"

Dr. Elena Dmitrieva is the director of the Health and Development Foundation, an NGO which has been working in Russia to make healthy lifestyles a priority and improve the health of the population. HDF works with the support of government agencies, medical and educational establishments, and socially responsible corporations to create communication and education programs in such areas as HIV prevention, reproductive health, healthy lifestyles for youth, and further training for medical professionals. HDF is the first organization to do Behavior change communication campaigns with the usage of innovative methods, new technology, and entertaining and educational materials to ensure the success of our programs. The Foundation recently launched Text4Baby- Russia, an innovative program designed to offer specific information mothers need to care for their own health and their babies, conveyed through clear and concise text messages sent to their mobile phones. 

Dr. Dmitrieva will talk about how her foundation uses mobile communication technologies to promote public health. Linda Cook will discuss the Russian government's pro-natalist policies and how their implementation is facilitated by mobile communication technologies.

Location: McKinney Conference Room.