I am certainly impressed with Dr. Peipert's enthusiasm for a progressive form of healthcare, which utilizes technology to improve doctor-patient communication. The extraordinary statistics behind the risk of low-income women contracting a STD makes this project even more important. Women need to find a way to empower their sexual health, and I appreciate Dr. Peipert's willingness to find a resolution. I hope this project serves as a solid first step in effectively connecting women's health and technology.
As a computer science major who will be graduating and joining the software industry, I'm really glad to have the chance to write software that could have a large positive impact on the community. In a society where emphasis is returning to "abstinence-only" sexual education programs that have been proven dangerously ineffective, a program like this one can make a very large difference in many women's lives. I feel up to the task in terms of the technology behind the program, and I'm eager to learn about the community health aspects of the project.
I'm feeling excited about the project but nervous that it is a bit more daunting than the other projects of the class. I hope that we can do it justice. I think our group is well set up to be able to handle it from what I have seen of our expertises. There seems to be a vast vaccuum in the field about female-controlled prevention methods, and it is especially disturbing since young women are disproportionately affected by STIs yet simultaneously disempowered to control their situations. I like how the project is framed explicitly as a project to "empower women" to take control of their situation and health.