Welcome to Public Health 2.0: Exploring innovative and participatory technologies, the fourth-annual student-led conference at the University of Toronto!
Public Health 2.0 extends the Web 2.0 ideas of user-generated content, participatory technologies, and public collaboration to the field of public health. Public Health 2.0 ventures do not necessarily involve the internet, but they capture the sense of technological innovation and collectivism evoked by Web 2.0. Public Health 2.0 technologies are innovative but are not necessarily new. Our conception of Public Health 2.0 also includes using everyday, ancient, or indigenous technologies in novel and collaborative ways to improve public health. Just a few examples of Public Health 2.0 include public health-focused unconferences, the use of photovoice in public health research, and e-patient groups. You can find more examples on the Public Health 2.0 in the News page.
The Public Health 2.0 Conference took place on September 23rd, 2011 at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. The conference's mandate was to examine the use and implications of participatory technologies in public health. Thanks to the conference organizers, speakers, and attendees for helping us to achieve this mandate!
The conference might be over, but you can stay engaged by:
Technology is not the sum of the artifacts, of the wheels and gears, of the rails and electronic transmitters. Technology is a system. It entails far more than its individual material components. Technology involves organization, procedures, symbols, new words, equations, and, most of all, a mindset.
Ursula Frankin, 1990