Saksono and Hoffman win Google Health Equity Research Initiative award

Assistant professor of health sciences Herman Saksono and professor of applied psychology Jessica Hoffman have won a Google Health Equity Research Initiative award. Their proposal, titled “Augmenting fitness tracking data with community storytelling to advance the impact of wearables in promoting health equity,” hopes to interrogate “how to amplify social support in marginalized communities by augmenting fitness data with first-person storytelling,” they wrote in the proposal. In other words, they plan to leverage the power of fitness tracking devices to “facilitate social support within marginalized communities” to promote fitness and better health.

Crucially, this study is a product of a close community partnership with the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, which was established in 2017.

Read more about the Google Health Equity Research Initiative here, and about Saksono and Hoffman’s research below.

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