WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Mary's Center Debuts Bilingual Health Kiosk

Play associated audio
Dr. Jaime Gonzalez of United Healthcare shows how to use the new health kiosk.
Armando Trull
Dr. Jaime Gonzalez of United Healthcare shows how to use the new health kiosk.

There's a push underway at Mary's Center, a clinic in the Adam's Morgan neighborhood of the District of Columbia, to provide more health information to Latino patients with a bilingual, electronic kisok in its waiting room, the first of its kind in the region.

Latinos living in D.C. have a much higher rate of diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure than their white neighbors. They're all health risks that have been well-documented at Mary's Center. With the unveiling of this new health kiosk, which is roughly the size of an ATM, they hope patients will get a better idea about the wide range of health risks affecting latinos by merely tapping a few keys.

"It's very user friendly, people can activate it using the touch screen or use the keyboard," says Jaime Gonzalez, who developed the kiosk for United Health Care. He says it also allows patients to print the information to take home for further review.

Mary's Center President Maria Gomez that information will generate a public health "ripple effect."

"They can take home something in writing to show their families," says Gomez. "So if you have diabetes, you can take the stuff. If it's the husband with diabetes, you can show your wife how you're going to cook from now on; how you're going to exercise."

Gomez and Gonzalez say the kiosks will encourage Latinos to use the latest technology to access health and wellness information.

Maria Gomez, President and CEO of Mary's Center, is a member of WAMU's Community Council.

NPR

Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.
NPR

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
NPR

John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.
NPR

When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.