IIT Institute of Design continues to build strategic partnerships to increase our potential for positive impact on socially important programs. This semester, Assistant Professor Tom McTavish's Interaction Design Workshop is supporting Rush University Medical Center's Co-Principal investigator, Dr. Shyam Prabhakaran, a stroke neurologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Co-Principle Investigator, and Dr. Knitasha Washington, Community Principle Investigator for the federally funded PCORI grant, "Community Engagement for Early Recognition and Immediate Action in Stroke" (CEERIAS).
CEERIAS is a multi-institutional and academic community partnered program designed to address disparities in stroke awareness, barriers to healthcare access and treatments and outcomes in Chicago's minority communities. A key objective of the CEERIAS program is to identify and train "Stroke Promoters," community members who have been recruited from collaborating community organizations to provide materials for public dissemination.
The workshop students have formed teams that are conducting design research and developing concepts to support Stroke Promoters and increase the number of educated stroke aware community members. They will present their final results at IIT Institute of Design Reflections Week held in early May. The workshop is one of several courses offered by Professor McTavish on interaction design and persuasive behavior change support systems.