Mediaspora Workshop

An invitation-only workshop exploring equitable futures at the convergence point of medicine, media, and diasporic populations.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


August 22, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Free — apply to attend.

As technology expands access to digital health information and services, how can society ensure a healthier future is accessible to migrants — particularly migrant women — and other groups who may struggle to access health care? How can health experts, policymakers, and communicators ensure that medical information is accessible, reliable, and trusted among the most vulnerable members of society? 

We invite you to attend a focused workshop that connects social scientists, technologists, medical experts, and creatives to imagine what an equitable future for accessible digital health might look like; to identify strategies and prioritize actions that could make these visions a reality.

There will also be a public Mediaspora program in the evening. The event and workshop are presented in partnership with HESAV (School of Health Sciences) in Lausanne, the Board of the Higher Education (DGES) of the Canton de Vaud, and UC Berkeley’s Wallace Center.

To attend, please register online.


(Additional guests TBA)

Caroline Chautems is a medical anthropologist, specialized in the field of reproduction and birth. Her PhD research focused on breastfeeding practices and experiences in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, and in particular on independent midwives’ follow-up during the perinatal period. She integrated the Mi-TIC team of HESAV in November 2018 as a research fellow. In the Mi-TIC study, Caroline focuses on the discrepancies between the representations of professionals regarding mothers’ ICT use and the actual ICT practices of immigrant (expectant) mothers.

Sylvia Guendelman is the Founder and Advisory Committee Chair of the Wallace Center for Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) at UC Berkeley, a multi-disciplinary research, action and training center focusing on harnessing innovation and technology to improve health. She is also a Professor of the Graduate Division and former Chair of the MCH Program (2000-2017) at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on social and cultural factors influencing disparities in maternal health and health behaviors, birth outcomes and access to care of vulnerable populations. She has published extensively on access to care among immigrants and the working poor, the health of Latino immigrant women, children and families in the US and Mexico, maternity leave issues and the stress –birth outcomes relationship. Sylvia recently completed a study examining the dynamics that affect use and adoption of digital health among underserved pregnant women and mothers of young children. Currently she is investigating the volume and content of Google searches on contraception and abortion in the US And what these can tell us about consumer interests/concerns.

Kim Harley, PhD is the faculty director of the Wallace Center for Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health and an associate adjunct professor in the Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.  A reproductive epidemiologist by training, her research focuses on social and environmental factors influencing women’s fertility, pregnancy, and birth outcomes and how these factors impact the health and development of her child.  For the past 20 years, much of her work has focused on community engaged research with Mexican immigrant women and youth in California farmworker communities. She has published extensively on the role of acculturation, nutrition, and social factors as well as pesticides and other chemical exposures on the health of mothers and children. Her recent interests include leveraging big data from health apps to learn more about women’s reproductive health.

Christelle Kaech is a Swiss midwife and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) based in HESAV/HES-SO. During her Master thesis, Christelle explored the knowledge of Swiss midwives regarding gestational diabetes. As a young scholar, Christelle Kaech seeks to address original questions important for the health of all women and infants. In the Mi-TIC study, she explores the role of interpreters in the care of immigrant women and how interpreters use information and communication technologies in their day to day practice. In her PhD, Christelle will explore and compare breastmilk banking organizations and practices in Switzerland and Scotland, showing again her interest for women and babies in vulnerable situations.

Jin Lee is the CEO and founder of BabyNoggin, an app platform allowing parents to track for developmental delays at home and connect to clinicians and local resources for further follow-up. Dr. Lee was formerly a committee member for the American Heart Association and worked in the innovation and venture arms of Humana, 4th largest health insurance company, and Providence St. Joseph Health, 3rd largest nonprofit hospital system. She’s a mentor for multiple health accelerator programs and startups. Dr. Lee previously taught developmental psychology, biology, and neuroscience in high schools and colleges. Dr. Lee has been featured on numerous healthcare blogs and has been a featured speaker at multiple events such as the TEDxPeacePlaza, Sirius XM radio, SXSW, American Academy of Pediatrics, Aspen Institute Children’s Forum, and National Early Head Start. She received her Ph.D in Developmental & Child Psychology from the University of Oxford and received her BAs in Neuroscience and Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Thouron scholar.

Patricia Perrenoud

Patricia Perrenoud is a Swiss medical anthropologist and associate professor in the midwifery school of HESAV/ School of Health Sciences in Lausanne, part of the larger University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO). Since she was a young midwife, Patricia has been dedicated to fostering equitable access to adequate care for all, and particularly for immigrant women and infants. Her current anthropological study “Mi-TIC,” founded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, explores the uses of information and communication technologies (ICT) by immigrant (expectant) mothers in French-speaking Switzerland in collaboration with Caroline Chautems and Christelle Kaech. In her research, Patricia Perrenoud seeks to collaborate with institutions dedicated to the care of immigrant women, such as PanMilar in Lausanne, the midwives’ Arcade in Geneva, or Camarada in Geneva. The “Mi-TIC” study examines the diversity of ICT practices of (expectant) immigrant mothers and reveal these mothers’ preferred tools to gather information about their pregnancy, birth, or the care of their infant.