Publications by authors named "Jessica Hammer"

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Fostering Innovation in Prevention and Treatment of Obesity in Youth: Digitally Mediated Physical Play as an Exemplar.

Obesity (Silver Spring) 2021 03 4;29(3):475-477. Epub 2021 Feb 4.

Human Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Novel approaches to obesity prevention among youth are needed. Accordingly, the Office of Women's Health, Department of Health and Human Services, sponsored a challenge to create an interactive video game for obesity prevention. Our team took a theory-based, evidence-informed approach to increasing physical activity in girls. Our approach-digitally mediated physical play-allowed us to include computing-based strategies that promote activity without keeping players in front of a screen. Our prize-winning prototype app, Frolic, helps girls choose the perfect game to play in any context, engaging parents for support. The app is used to highlight some opportunities and challenges for interdisciplinary collaboration. However, much work remains to be done to deploy innovative digital obesity interventions and fully capture the contributions of these tools. In order to accelerate advances, funding is needed for projects that combine engineering design principles with traditional obesity research paradigms.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/oby.23113DOI Listing
March 2021

Design Features in Games for Health: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Expert Perspectives.

DIS (Des Interact Syst Conf) 2017 Jun;2017:69-81

HCI Institute / ETC, Carnegie Mellon University.

Games for health (G4H) aim to improve health outcomes and encourage behavior change. While existing theoretical frameworks describe features of both games and health interventions, there has been limited systematic investigation into how disciplinary and interdisciplinary stakeholders understand design features in G4H. We recruited 18 experts from the fields of game design, behavioral health, and games for health, and prompted them with 16 sample games. Applying methods including open card sorting and triading, we elicited themes and features (e.g., real-world interaction, game mechanics) around G4H. We found evidence of conceptual differences suggesting that a G4H perspective is not simply the sum of game and health perspectives. At the same time, we found evidence of convergence in stakeholder views, including areas where game experts provided insights about health and vice versa. We discuss how this work can be applied to provide conceptual tools, improve the G4H design process, and guide approaches to encoding G4H-related data for large-scale empirical analysis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3064663.3064721DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5581190PMC
June 2017

How much do they know about sexual health?: Knowledge and information-seeking behaviors of Spanish-speaking immigrant adolescents in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.

Fam Community Health 2010 Oct-Dec;33(4):285-300

The Sergio Paiz Foundation-FinSEPA, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Scant HIV/AIDS prevalence data from Curacao suggest that 65.9% of the HIV/AIDS cases in the Netherlands Antilles are currently being documented in this country. The present cross-sectional qualitative study evaluated levels of knowledge of sexual health and information-seeking behavior of Spanish-speaking immigrant adolescents in Curacao. Findings point to a greater need for channels of sexual health information targeting adolescents that focus on the interpersonal aspects of sexuality, to encourage greater parental involvement in their adolescents' lives, and to improve communications between adolescents and their parents. Study findings also suggest the need for a more thoughtful and systematic exploration of the indications by participants that force/coercion specifically by older men including stepfathers was a reason for sexual initiation of many young Latina girls in Curacao.
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