We come from an inner-city public school where 66% of our students are economically disadvantaged. We hear a lot about the gap between classes, but along with it comes a gap in mortality rates of the rich and the poor. If you live below the poverty line, you're much likelier to die earlier than those who live above it. In our community, many people have issues with getting proper healthcare, education, or even simple necessities like food.
are apprehensive about getting basic healthcare such as flu shots, physical examinations, and vaccinations, due to the cost that comes with visiting the doctor. Some students need more help than can be offered during the school day. Families may struggle with affording food all the time. Many clinics, schools, recreation centers, and more offer useful services for free on certain days, but these opportunities often don’t get much advertising and go to waste. We saw an app as something anyone can get to access these opportunities, and App Inventor as the best way to make one.
What it does
Klinik’s mission is to provide underserved communities with access to the resources they need; whether it be food, education, or health. For example, by providing access to flu shots we can stop the spread of influenza. Even one unvaccinated child can spread the virus to numerous people. Klinik’s homepage is a map with a selection menu underneath that offers access to lists of free or low-cost events for Health, Education, or Food as well as the Health Checklist. Each event includes a description, location, and contact information. Most people who don't know about these opportunities are also the same people who suffer from unhealthy diets or lack of healthcare. Included in our app is a “Health Checklist,” to help users make sure they are getting their flu shots, checkups, and more.
How we built it
Used MIT App Inventor, we created 5 different screens in our app. Two of the screens are used to print out the nearby locations and are connected to spreadsheets that are regularly updated by team members to add new events. The code for each of the 5 screens is included in the image gallery.
Challenges we ran into
We ran into some challenges when trying to figure out how to effectively update the information on the phone without having to edit every line in the code. After completing some research and talking to professors at MIT about ways to accomplish this on MIT App Inventor, we decided to link a spreadsheet to the app to easily update the information about events.
Accomplishments that we are proud of
We are all proud of the various skills we learned during this process but, by far, what we are the most proud of is the impact Klinik will have on our community. Klinik addresses issues we have seen our whole lives and being able to help fix them is something that is really important to us. Some of us had never met before, but we all shared a vision for our app and were able to work together to create this app. Because we don't have a class dedicated to this competition we all worked outside of class to accomplish our goals for this app.
What we learned
We all learned new ways to create apps for MIT App Inventor. To work up to building this app we all worked together to create other apps based off of tutorials on the MIT Website. After we all felt confident in our coding skills we brainstormed ideas for an app to submit broke up into smaller groups like research coding, design, etc. to create the full working app. This competition teaches you very technical skills like using MIT App Inventor but we also learned skills like working with people and effectively communicating ideas.
What's next for Klinik
We hope to be able to expand this app beyond our local area of Dallas to help people nationwide. We hope to contact organizations in various large cities to make location specific event lists for everyone to access.