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 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)


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 and the Board of the Higher Education (DGES) of the Canton de Vaud.

To attend, please register online.


(Additional guests TBA)

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” 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.

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.

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.