Digital partnerships for health: steps to develop a community-specific health portal aimed at promoting health and well-being. Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Community Health Planning
  • Consumer Health Information
  • Health Promotion
  • Internet


  • We describe the steps taken by the Harlem Health Promotion Center to develop a community-specific health web portal aimed at promoting health and well-being in Harlem. Methods and results that begin with data collection and move onto elucidating requirements for the web portal are discussed. Sentiments of distrust in medical institutions, and the desire for community specific content and resources were among the needs emanating from our data analysis. These findings guided our decision to customize social software designed to foster connections, collaborations, flexibility, and interactivity; an "architecture of participation". While, we maintain that the leveraging of social software may indeed be the way to build healthy communities and support learning and engagement in underserved communities, our conclusion calls for careful thinking, testing and evaluation research to establish best practice models for leveraging these emerging technologies to support health improvements in the community.

publication date

  • December 2007



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC2655847

PubMed ID

  • 18693872

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 428

end page

  • 32