Welcome to HealthMpowerment!
A research study for young people about self-care and wellness.
What is HealthMpowerment?
HealthMpowerment (HMP) is an app designed to provide health and wellness information and resources relevant to young people in the United States. HMP covers a range of health and lifestyle topics to support users’ diverse backgrounds and varying needs over time.
HMP was created by Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH, a public health scientist with extensive expertise in mHealth interventions. The principal investigators for this study are Dr. José Bauermeister at the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Kate Muessig at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Risk Reduction Findings
HMP has effectively reduced condomless anal intercourse (CAI) and HIV-related stigma among young black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) living with and at-risk for HIV.
In an RCT comparing HMP to an information-only control arm, rates of CAI at 3-months were 32% lower in the HMP group (IR 0.68, 95% CI: 0.43, 0.93) and the intervention was more effective for participants who used HMP for more than 60 minutes during the 3-month intervention period.
In subsequent mixed-methods analysis, online discussions around HIV stigma were associated with HIV-related communication (e.g., provider communication, HIV status disclosure to sexual partners) and improved HIV care outcomes (e.g., perceived barriers to treatment access, engagement in care, self-reported adherence) over time.
Meet our Youth Advisory Board!
Members of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) provide input on current research, encourage and start conversations about sexual health within the app, create and review content that will be shared through the app, and moderate and monitor features within the app.
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