The mHealth Planning Guide: Key Considerations for Integrating Mobile Technology into Health Programs was developed with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This Guide is the result of collaboration between FHI 360 and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs’ Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project. Like mobile technology itself, mHealth evidence and best practices are constantly evolving. This Guide is an online publication that will be updated over time to reflect the latest mHealth knowledge and technology trends.
The mHealth Planning Guide was informed by a desk review of peer-reviewed publications and white and gray literature as well as more than 20 expert interviews. We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the following mHealth professionals whose expertise helped shape the Guide. (Contributors are listed in alphabetical order.)
- James Bon Tempo, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (James worked at Jhpiego at the time of his interview.)
- Rebecca Braun, California Family Health Council
- Natalie Campbell, Management Sciences for Health
- Peggy D’Adamo, USAID, Global Health Bureau, Office of Population and Reproductive Health
- Paige Dearing, NetHope
- Nina Frankel, IntraHealth International
- Berhane Gebru, FHI 360
- Isaac Holeman, Medic Mobile
- Priya Jha, Georgetown University, Institute for Reproductive Health
- Jeanne Koepsell, Save the Children
- Christine Lasway, FHI 360
- Neal Lesh, Dimagi
- Marasi Mwencha, John Snow, Inc.
- Steve Ollis, D-Tree International
- Joanne Peter, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action
- Merrick Schaefer, World Bank (Merrick worked at The United Nations Children's Fund at the time of his interview.)
- Pam Riley, Abt Associates
- Bhupendra Sheoran, Internet Sexuality Information Services
- Heather Vahdat, FHI 360
- Jeremy Wacksman, Dimagi
- Fredrik Winsnes, NetHope
We would also like to extend a thank you to the individuals within K4Health, FHI 360, and USAID who contributed to the conceptualization and review of the Guide, including, by partner organization, FHI 360—Cornelia Lee, Kelly L’Engle, Laura Raney, and Stacey Succop; K4Health—Ann Hendrix-Jenkins, Angela Nash-Mercado, Simone Parrish; and USAID—Peggy D’Adamo and Adam Slote. The core writers of the Guide were Elizabeth Futrell, as a Technical Writer at K4Health, and Meredith Puleio DuBoff, as an independent consultant.
DuBoff MP, Futrell E. The mHealth Planning Guide: Key Considerations for Integrating Mobile Technology into Health Programs. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs; 2013. Available from: www.k4health.org/toolkits/mhealth-planning-guide
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