Title: Telehealth data, predictions, pandemic prevention, and preparation (TDP4): early resources mobilization and long-term mental health response in highly vulnerable Indigenous communities.
Romulo de Castro
Vena Pearl Bongolan
Jesus Emmanuel Sevilleja
John Paul Petrola
Usec Lucita Lazo
Our long-term objective is development and implementation of a sustained sentinel epidemic-surveillance and resource-planning system for underserved and marginalized Indigenous communities of Western Visayas (Region 6, Philippines) using telehealth and community-inspired health innovations. Within this proposal, the chronic lack of access to healthcare among Indigenous minorities is also addressed as a prelude to universal healthcare. The ultimate goal of this system is to manage and greatly reduce the impacts of public health emergencies and their long-term mental health repercussions which are greatly compounded by the lack of access to healthcare in these communities. Improved performance goals include anticipation of crises to enable roll-out of the appropriate co-created health, social and economic programs for highly vulnerable Indigenous populations.
1) Machine learning and epidemic predictive modeling using telehealth and community data.
Determine the signals that warn of and/or predict an epidemic, and predict its mental health toll. In addition, we will also determine the configuration of the telehealth network to optimize epidemic detection sensitivity.
2) Infrastructure and social-capacity development for epidemic surveillance and health response programs.
Co-develop optimized telehealth network to provide healthcare access to underserved communities alongside disease surveillance across the region; incorporate epidemic signal data collection and detection, and healthcare access monitoring to the infrastructure and develop the computational tools for epidemic response generation.
3) Resource-planning tools for the early response to the predicted epidemic and the mental healthcare long-term response.
Co-develop a response configuration to address physical & mental health, and the social impact/s of an epidemic, and a modeling tool to configure the appropriate response.