Hub: University of San Agustin, Philippines

Title: Telehealth data, predictions, pandemic prevention, and preparation (TDP4): early resources mobilization and long-term mental health response in highly vulnerable Indigenous communities.

Team Members

Romulo de Castro

Eleni Stroulia
Team Member

Vena Pearl Bongolan
Team Member

Jesus Emmanuel Sevilleja
Team Member

Roselle Rivera
Team Member

Andrew Greenshaw
Team Member

Arto Ohinmaa
Team Member

John Paul Petrola
Team Member

Usec Lucita Lazo
Team Member

Pia Zamora
Team Member

General Objectives

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.

Specific Objectives

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.