Anne Teitelman, Oprah Magazine, $85,000 App Contest Award

Anne Teitelman, Oprah Magazine, $85,000 App Contest Award

LDI Senior Fellow Anne Teitelman, who headed a Penn Nursing School team that developed the app that won a national U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' contest, is featured in an article in Oprah magazine.

Launched in 2012, the HHS "Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color App Challenge" sought to spark the development of smartphone applications that would effectively link women in underrepresented communities to information about prevention and screening services and locations, including support groups and care services.

The contest's top prize was $85,000 and national promotion by the federal agency.
Anne Teitelman
Anne Teitelman headed the Penn team whose smartphone app won HHS's national contest.

The winning app, "Everhealthier Women," which now has its own website, was developed by Teitelman, PhD, CRNP and Associate Professor at the School of Nursing; Marilyn Stringer, PhD, CRNP, Women's Health Nursing-Clinician Educator and Professor Emerita at Penn Nursing; Damien Leri, MSEd, of Penn Law's Information Technology Services Department; and Ben Koditschek, a digital interface designer in Chicago. (See video demonstrating app).

In explaining the health-related importance of the app, Oprah magazine, which has a paid circulation of 2.7 million and is recognized as one of the country's most influential mass-market publications for women, wrote:

"The numbers are hard to ignore: African-American women are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, and Latina women are about 1.4 times more likely to die from cervical cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eager to reverse these staggering statistics, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the app contest" that Everhealthier won.

"Enter a few details about yourself -- age, if you smoke or are pregnant -- and you'll instantly find out what tests you may need and why (like, say, a mammogram or Pap smear), plus directions to the nearest free or low-cost health center. The app will ping you reminders until you make an appointment -- and show up. Bonus: You can set up e-mail reminders for other women in your life (like your grown daughter or too-busy-for-checkups friend), making staying healthy a true group effort."