187273 Internet-based streaming videos: Innovative health information tools for low literacy adults

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 5:30 PM

Toby S. Perlman, PhD , Behavioral Health Center, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Within the population of adults with limited English proficiency is a subgroup of people who also have low literacy skills in their own native language. For a small number of adults with limited English proficiency, their native language has no written component. People experiencing either of these situations face significant barriers when attempting to access printed health care information in any language. Many Deaf Americans fit into the second category. Because of difficulties growing up in a hearing/oral world, the average Deaf high school senior reads English at a fourth grade level. Additionally, his or her native language, American Sign Language (ASL), is a visual-manual language without a written component. A Deaf person whose primary language is ASL, therefore, requires face-to-face encounters to communicate and learn. This presentation will describe the steps towards developing internet-based, streaming videos in ASL that offer Deaf persons the opportunity to complete interactive health screenings for depression, anxiety, risk of heart attack, risk of getting HIV (or other sexually transmitted diseases) and readiness to stop smoking. The development and implementation of these interactive screening tools involved Deaf community participation and included a usability study. Although this example focuses on a Deaf population, the process could be applied to any population with low literacy skills.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the steps towards developing and implementing an internet-based streaming video screening tool for low literacy adults; 2. Identify how to incorporate a usability test into the evaluation process.

Keywords: Health Promotion, Deaf

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: 10 years experience as Manager of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program for Advocate Health Care
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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.