Afya: Social and digital technologies that reach across the digital divide

Ann Peterson Bishop, Imani Bazzell, Bharat Mehra, Cynthia Smith


This paper presents initiatives taken in the Afya project towards bridging the digital divide through social and digital literacy, equitable access, training, and content initiatives at the community level. As a participatory action research project, Afya (Swahili for "health") is designed to engage African American women in assessing and increasing their access to quality health information and services. Based on principles of social justice, the project is geared towards redefining relationships and achieving constructive social change at a community-wide level.

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