The Digital Sherpa™ Program
I spent Thursday, April 11, 2019 at a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) workshop titled “Health Literacy [...]
The Digital Sherpa™ Program helps cancer patients and care partners become more tech-savvy in order to be empowered in their health and healthcare decisions. The program is currently carried out in two different versions, either a in-person, hands-on Digital Sherpa™ Workshop or through the creation of a Digital Sherpa™ Help Desk at well known cancer centers.
Cancer patients or care partners who express a desire to become more competent in Internet and social media skills will meet with college students who have been specially trained as Internet “Sherpas”. The students will offer help to find support and informational resources online and may include the following:
- Information about their disease and other health resources
- How to get help to become a self-advocate
- Where to connect with other patients
- How to become more tech-savvy
Please check out the video below that was produced from our pilot program.
In 2018, we carried out this program in partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center and Cancer Support Community, and the infographic below highlights some of the achievements of the Digital Sherpa™ Program.