02-13-2012

Jane Beshear unveils Women’s Health Kiosk at UK Markey Cancer Center

Kentucky Press News Service

LEXINGTON – First lady Jane Beshear Monday joined Dr. Mary Lynn Capilouto, Kentucky Commission on Women Executive Director Eleanor Jordan and other women health advocates to unveil a new interactive women’s wellness kiosk at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.

“As women, wives and mothers, we tend to take on the role of caregiver, putting others’ needs above our own, and many times neglecting our own health,” Beshear said said in a press release. “This kiosk is an easily accessible tool for women to learn about wellness, prevention and most importantly, how to seek treatment for existing health risks.”

The bilingual touch-screen kiosk provides a wide range of information on general women’s wellness and breast health, including symptoms and treatment options for diabetes, asthma, cancers, weight management, smoking cessation, STDs, depression, heart health, domestic violence, breast health and HIV-AIDS. Each topic is programmed with women’s health stories, preventive measures, suggested follow-up questions to ask a healthcare provider and encouragement to visit a medical professional. The kiosk also includes a telephone that is programmed to connect the user with immediate assistance or to schedule appointments.

According to the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., Kentucky’s female population ranks in the bottom third of nearly every women’s health indicator. After hosting two women’s health summits and gathering input from 62 agencies, partners and organizations, the KCW believes that the root of the problem is getting women to take control of their health.

The kiosk design is similar to that of an automated teller machine. Health information is provided in a manner that serves multiple reading abilities for easy comprehension and recollection. The touch-screen technology attracts visitors and allows for the information to be provided in both audio and visual formats to appeal to a broader audience.

The Markey Cancer Center kiosk is the second kiosk to be placed in the state and one of many to be placed around the state. Last year, Gov. Steve Beshear unveiled the first kiosk at Park DuValle Medical Center in Louisville. In its first six months of operation, the Park DuValle kiosk received 521 module “hits” and the average user spent 36 minutes at the kiosk.

The kiosk was developed by St. Andrew Development Inc. of Pennsylvania and was purchased through private donations made to the Markey Cancer Center Foundation.