ASIS&T 2013 Annual Meeting 
Montral, Qubec, Canada | November 1-5, 2013

Localizing Chronic Disease Management: Information Work and Health Translations

Elizabeth Kaziunas, University of Michigan
Mark Ackerman
, University of Michigan
Tiffany Veinot
, University of Michigan

Sunday, 3:30pm


Based on interviews with people who had diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease in Flint, Michigan, we found people actively doing information work to manage their health in the face of poverty, potentially violent conditions, high stress, and a distrust of institutionalized medicine. More specifically, we observed people translating information into the context of their everyday lives. We present various translations of health information in the form of local strategies for chronic illness management. Study findings highlight initial implications to support health information services on a community level.