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Winners of the 'Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color' Challenge Announced

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Last October we told you about the ‘Reducing Cancer among Women of Color’ App Challenge. This challenge aimed to address health disparities head on. We’re happy to announce the winner of the challenge, which helps underserved and minority women take control of their health.

Each year, there are more than 300,000 new cases of breast, cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancer diagnosed in the United States. While these diseases touch every community, minorities bear a disproportionate number of these diagnoses due to lack of education and access to care.

The ‘Reducing Cancer among Women of Color’ App Challenge was a first-of-its-kind effort to address these disparities. It challenged developers to create mobile applications that would empower minority women to fight and prevent cancer.

The winning apps link women to information regarding prevention and screening services and locations, including support groups and care services. They include:

  1. Everhealthier Women Site exit disclaimerWomen (web-app, all platforms)
  2. Non-Maskable Site exit disclaimer (web-app, all platforms)
  3. HW-Technology (tied) (Andriod app)
  4. Cancerguard (tied) (iPhone app)
  5. SupportHealth Site exit disclaimer(Honorable Mention) (Andriod app)
Screenshot of the first place winner, the Everhealthier Women app on an iPhone.

Everhealthier Women on an iPhone.

The first place winner, Everhealthier Women is a mobile web app that works on all mobile devices, including iPhone, Android phones, and Windows phones. It helps women track cancer prevention tasks for themselves and others in their “healthy circle” through the web and SMS text messaging. The tasks which users can track for themselves and their loved ones, promote the screenings and prevention recommendations that match their age and profile according to national guidelines. Everhealthier Women provides:

  • Provides up-to-date information on a variety of health issues
  • Connects users with online resources, including cancer care and prevention Facebook and Twitter feeds
  • Locates local providers

Everhealthier Women is currently available in English and Spanish.

The apps all focus on providing high-quality health information in different languages to women and community health workers about screening and preventive services. The apps interface securely with patient health records and strengthen communication across a patient’s care team in an effort to better coordinate information and care.

To learn more about the app challenge, the winners, and information on how to download the winning apps please visit:

 

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