170174 Partnering with the community to improve literacy

Monday, October 27, 2008

Gloria Aponte Clarke, MPH , Core, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
Diane Skog , MaineHealth, Porltand, ME
Deborah Deatrick, MPH , MaineHealth, Portland, ME
Katherine A. Bartley, BA, MPA , Emhs, Raising Readers, Brewer, ME
Raising Readers translates literacy research into systems change in office practices throughout the state of Maine.

Since the year 2000 Raising Readers has created an opportunity for Primary Care Providers (PCP's) and parents to discuss literacy throughout the State of Maine. PCP's receive training and support from Raising Readers concerning the critical nature of early literacy activities. Primary care providers participating in Raising Readers use the gift of a high quality book to discuss literacy at every Well Child Visit from birth through age 5. In this way, the value of reading can be discussed and reinforced at each Well Child Visit.

A 2006 survey distributed at health care practices conducted by Raising Readers of 608 Parents and 246 Primary care providers gave the following results:

97% of health providers are discussing literacy with their patients. Compared to 63% from the National Survey of Early Childhood Health (2000)

70% of health providers believe that there is an increase of parents reading to their children as a result of their counseling on reading.

58% of health providers say that participating in the Raising Readers program increases how frequently they counsel about reading.

31% of parents completing the survey completed high school and 49% completed college, which is comparable to education rates in the state of Maine. A strength of the Raising Readers program is that the parent participants reflect the general population of Maine.

Thank you for your review.- Gloria

Learning Objectives:
Learning objectives: 1. Articulate the process for the Child, Primary Care Giver and Primary Care Provider upon enrollment of Raising Readers. 2. Identify the key components for building and maintaining partnerships between Primary Care Givers, Children and Primary Care Providers.. 3. Identify how partnership challenges at all levels of the system can be addressed. 4. Recognize the evidence based reasons for addressing literacy in partnership beginning at birth.

Keywords: Literacy, Evidence Based Practice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: APHA member. Worked with Raising Readers program since 2000.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Raising Readers early literacy Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.