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Session: Innovative and Collaborative Health Literacy Initiatives in New York City
5152.0: Wednesday, November 10, 2004: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Innovative and Collaborative Health Literacy Initiatives in New York City
Low functional health literacy is recognized as a major public health problem imposing considerable personal, health, financial, and social costs on 40 million Americans and their families. Low health literacy is manifested in an inability to understand unfamiliar medical vocabulary at a level required to optimally function as a patient. Despite the magnitude and complexity of this problem, the development of partnerships between health and literacy professionals has been rather slow. This panel highlights the importance and effectiveness of such collaboration between medical, literacy, and health educator professionals. Collaboration among Bellevue Hospital, the New York City Poison Control Center, the Center for Immigrant Health at the New York University School of Medicine, the ‘What To Expect’ Foundation and the Literacy Assistance Center has facilitated the development of culturally and linguistically appropriate health education materials. This collective effort has made possible the extensive dissemination of these materials in targeted communities and stimulated innovative ideas in creating illustrative health promotion and poison prevention materials. It has also supported program evaluations of the organizations’ educational materials including their effectiveness across various languages, cultures, settings (e.g., hospital, schools, clinics), and reading skill levels.
Learning Objectives: 1. How to build partnerships between health and literacy educators. 2. How these partnerships spark ongoing evaluation strategies and exciting outcomes. 3. How these partnerships offer new opportunities to disseminate health information into the community.
Organizer(s):Sandra Nuñez, MPH
Moderator(s):Sandra Nuñez, MPH
2:30 PMEvaluating the Health Education Literacy Program (HELP)
Lauren Schwartz, MPH, Robert S Hoffman, MD, Maria Mercurio-Zappala, MS, RPh, Seena Sweet
2:45 PMImproving prenatal health with the Baby Basics program
Lisa Bernstein
3:00 PMBuilding literacy: Collaboration among health and literacy professionals
Elyse Barbell Rudolph
3:15 PMHealth literacy and interpretation: An issue of cultural competence
Francesca Gany, MD, Alexis Rourk, BA, Ephraim A Shapiro, MPA, Abraham Aragones, MD
3:30 PMDevelopment and evaluation of a health literacy project in a pediatric outpatient setting
Linda van Schaick, MS, Ed, Benard Dreyer, MD, Claudia Aristy, Alan Mendelsohn, MD, Jessica Foltin, MD, FAAP, Irene Quinones, Sandra Nuñez, MPH
3:45 PMInnovative and collaborative health literacy initiatives in New York City
Linda van Schaick, MS, Ed, Francesca Gany, MD, MS, Sandra Nuñez, MPH, Lauren Schwartz, MPH, Lisa Bernstein, Ephraim A Shapiro, MPA, Elyse Barbell Rudolph
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by:Community-Based Public Health Caucus; Health Administration; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA