Living Profiles will inspire teens with and without chronic health conditions-to live an optimal life by revolutionizing personal health records to be inclusive of individual needs, dreams, and aspirations.

This 18-month design study — Jan. 2007–May 2008— is based at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and conducted by researchers from the Media Design department and their partners. It is funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of their national program, Project HealthDesign.

The specific segment of the population that Living Profiles is looking at is teenage boys and girls who are living with chronic illnesses. 30 chronically ill California teenagers, from Orange County and the Bay Area are participating in the study. Through interviews and expressive activities we learn what motivates and inspires them towards healthy living. Our research findings return to Art Center’s South Campus Research Lab for analysis and interpretation. By Spring of 2008, we plan to field test our concepts for a teen health records system and refine our prototype for national review. In keeping with the values of the RWJF’s Project HealthDesign, we are committed to open-source technology and human-centered design.