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The Healing Circle

The Health Design Lab and the University of British Columbia’s Dr. Darren Warburton and Dr. Shannon Bredin were recently awarded the CIHR grant “Addressing the Burden of Diabetes in Aboriginal Peoples Through Culturally Appropriate Interaction Design”.

The Health Design Lab assisted with the design of a tablet/smartphone application for prescriptive exercises towards the prevention of diabetes in Aboriginal peoples. Through the use of participatory design research methodologies to ensure a good understanding of the cultural context, a design solution was proposed for stronger expectation of exercise compliance than would be possible than with a more generic off-the-shelf design. This project was also a collaboration between the Health Design Lab and Emily Carr’s Aboriginal Program, led by Brenda Crabtree. Research Assistants for the project were 4th year students Gina Hetland and Stacey Hagel, who designed the first prototype..

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