Promoting access to health information: A method to support older African Americans with diabetes

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Purpose: Describe the design of a health information and technology educational intervention that promotes health information sharing and technology use for older adult African Americans to support access to health information. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach: The study team developed a novel method to design the intervention. It drew upon three approaches: intergenerational technology transfer, participatory design and community-based participatory research. Findings: Older adult African Americans (55+) with diabetes and young adults (18–54) connected to them via familial or naturally occurring social networks designed the intervention, which was conducted in the two study sites in Michigan, USA. In total, 29 participants helped design the intervention. Four themes emerged concerning factors that promote intergenerational information exchange in the context of technology and health. First, focus on one technology skill. Second, working together in small groups is preferred. Third, patience is essential. Last, physical capabilities (i.e., eyesight, operating on relatively small screens) and literacy levels should be considered. Originality/value: This novel method of having participants from the sample population select the health information materials and technology exercises serves as a guide for implementing health information and education interventions aimed at technology use to support self-management for vulnerable patient populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)806-820
Number of pages15
JournalAslib Journal of Information Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 18 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • Diabetes
  • Health disparities
  • Health inequity
  • Health information
  • Older adult technology use
  • Technology for self-management

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