Accessible and engaging health education saves lives.
At the Stanford Center for Health Education, we believe that access to health education should be a universal right. In line with this goal, we have several initiatives dedicated to creating a more informed community and building capacity for healthcare professionals. Through our Digital Medic program, we create open-access content designed to address high need health gaps worldwide. Through our medical education collaborations, we work with health professional schools in medically underserved areas in order to build capacity for teaching and learning and ultimately increase the number of trained professionals worldwide. Our Health Communication Initiative optimizes the way health care providers share information with their patients and the public, pioneering effective ways to discuss complex medical issues, build trust and debunk healthcare myths and misinformation.
You can learn more about each of these initiatives below.
EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE. IMPROVING HEALTH.
Lack of access to health education leaves medically underserved communities across the globe without the proper knowledge to improve health outcomes. At the Stanford Center for Health Education, we believe that access to health education can save lives. Through the Digital Medic initiative, our goal is to make engaging, evidence-based health education globally accessible and, in so doing, empower communities to improve their own health outcomes.
Since 2017, Digital Medic has been working with under-resourced communities to create easily adaptable, video-based health education content to support health programs and initiatives. By using Stanford’s expertise in health and education, in conjunction with digital technology, we apply the best pedagogical practices to impact attitudes and beliefs. We design our health messages to be accessible across all literacy levels. The content is designed to reach communities directly, while also providing frontline community health workers (CHWs) with the tools they need to communicate health messages effectively to their populations.
Medical Education Collaborations
SCHE is committed to working collaboratively with academic organizations worldwide to increase capacity for health professional training. We do that by collaborating with organizations to share teaching and learning resources and serving as an incubator for collaborative curriculum development. Working together, we can make health education more efficient and higher quality.
Stanford Health Communication Initiative
The Stanford Health Communication Initiative transforms health care by optimizing the way healthcare providers share information with patients and the public. SHCI draws upon the rich knowledge of experts from across Stanford. SHCI is pioneering effective ways to discuss complex medical issues, build trust, and debunk healthcare myths and misinformation to improve the ability of healthcare workers to forge respectful, trusting relationships with patients and the public.