The 1st Consumer Health Informatics in the Midwest (CHIM) meeting


Consumer health informatics is a growing and dynamic field of research and practice. Consumers and patients are increasingly using health information technologies, and even more have the potential to benefit from them in the future. As the opportunities for consumer health informatics grow, we believe that there would be value to building a network of researchers in the field. We believe that such a network could allow us to have creative and productive conversations, build collaborations, and ultimately pursue more ambitious and multidisciplinary initiatives than we could alone.

In this meeting, we want to start a dialogue between consumer health informatics researchers, beginning with scholars who are located close to one another geographically. Therefore, you are invited to an invitation-only, one-day meeting of Consumer Health Informatics researchers in the Midwest (CHIM). The purpose of the meeting will be to share information about ongoing projects and explore collaborative opportunities.

Date, time, and place:
February 22 from 10a-4p in Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center, 1528 E California Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Reminders about where and how to submit information about you, your student, and your short presentation:

For those who are doing lightning talks, we ask that you emphasize the methods that you use and note any population types that you work with in your research to help us make as many collaborative connections within our community as possible. upload your presentation to the Google Drive ( February 20

Katie Siek, Indiana University
Jina Huh, Michigan State University
Tammy Toscos, IPFW
Tiffany Veinot, University of Michigan

Current Attendee List:

  • Patti Abbott, Michigan-Ann Arbor, School of Nursing
  • Predrag Klasnja, Michigan-Ann Arbor, School of Information
  • Shelia Cotten, Michigan State University, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media
  • Kay Connelly, Indiana, School of Informatics and Computing
  • Sriraam Natarajan, Indiana, School of Informatics and Computing
  • Katie Siek, Indiana, School of Informatics and Computing
  • Tammy Toscos, IPFW, Department of Nursing
  • Catherine Arnott-Smith, Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library & Information Studies
  • Laurel Riek, Notre Dame University, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Albert Lai, Ohio State University, Dept. of Biomedical Informatics (not 100% sure, but likely)
  • Mark Ackerman, Michigan-Ann Arbor, School of Information
  • Caroline Richardson, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Department of Family Medicine and Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research
  • Laurie Buis, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Dept of Family Medicine
  • Tiffany Veinot, Michigan-Ann Arbor, School of Information
  • Jina Huh, Michigan State University, Telecommunication, Information Studies, & Media
  • Kathleen A. Harder, University of Minnesota, Center for Design in Health
  • Michael J. Gonzales, University of Notre Dame
  • Charles Santeio, University of Michigan
  • Andrea Barbarin, University of Michigan, School of Information
  • Haley MacLeod, Indiana University
  • Kimberly Oakes, Indiana University
  • Elizabeth Kaziunas, University of Michigan, School of Information
  • Uba Backonja, University of Wisconsin-Madison


9:30a Coffee and continental breakfast

10:00a Welcome Quick Intro with the goals of the day; explaining how to sign up in discussion groups

10:15a Lightning Talk 4 minute presentations that provide an overview of research, methods, and populations we work with.

1. 10:15a Clinical-Consumer Interface (20 minute presentation; 15 minute discussion)

Jina Huh (PhD, Professor, Michigan State University)
Michael Gonzales (PhD Student, University of Notre Dame)
Tammy Toscos (PhD, Professor, Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne) Understanding barriers to accessing health care in under-served communities.
Sriraam Natarajan (PhD, Professor, Indiana University)
Uba Backonja (PhD, Post Doc, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

2. 10:50a Underserved and Health Disparities (12 minutes presentation; 10 minute discussion)

Kay Connelly (PhD, Professor, Indiana University Bloomington) Working with Urban and Rural, Low-SES Populations in Indiana
Patti Abbott (PhD, Professor, University of Michigan) Telehealth in the Hood
Laurie Buis (PhD, Professor, University of Michigan)
11:12a Community and Family Health (12 minutes presentation; 10 minute discussion)
Tiffany Veinot (PhD, Professor, University of Michigan) A Call to Community Health Informatics
Mark Ackerman (PhD, Professor, University of Michigan)
Andrea Barbarin (PhD Student, University of Michigan)

3. 11:34a Sociotechnical Health Competencies (12 minute presentation; 10 minute discussion)

Catherine Arnott (PhD, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Consumer Health Vocabulary: An Oxymoron?
Kathleen Harder (PhD, Professor, University of Minnesota), Designing cognitively digestible health information
Shelia Cotten (PhD, Professor, Michigan State University), TBD

4. 11:56a Wellness Promotion (12 minute presentation; 10 minute discussion)

Katie Siek (PhD, Professor, Indiana University Bloomington) Health Bridge to Health Sense
Kimberly Oakes (PhD Student, Indiana University Bloomington) G.O.A.L.: Get Onboard Active Living
Haley MacLeod (PhD Student, Indiana University Bloomington) Developing Mobile Self-Monitoring Support for Healthy Me
Caroline Richardson (MD, University of Michigan) Changing behavior with remote objective monitoring, goals setting, feedback, and social support

5. Finish at 12:18p – Estimate 12:30p

12:30p Qdoba lunch

1:20p Discussion Group Pitches (10 minutes)

1:30p Project Discussion Groups

  • What is your deliverable to the group for the report out?
  • Some example themes:
  • CHI Year in Review (AMIA)
  • AMIA or CHI or WISH oriented panel
  • Recruitment pools & Multi-site research
  • Remote teaching modules
  • Student swap opportunities
  • Study Design Critique (larger group – then break into smaller groups)

2:30p Coffee Break

3:00p Discussion Group Report Out

3:20p What I want to do next?

3:50p Wrap-Up

Evening: Informal dinner


We also acknowledge generous funding support from the following institutions:

Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Office of Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs

Proactive Health Informatics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN