223020 Calgary charter on health literacy: Rationale and core principles for the development of health literacy curricula

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Clifford Coleman, MD MPH , Family Medicine/Richmond Clinic, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, MEd , Kurtz-Rossi & Associates, Medford, MA
Julie McKinney, MS , World Education, Boston, MA
Andrew Pleasant, PhD , Health Literacy and Research, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tucson, AZ
Irving Rootman, PhD , Centre for Community Health Promotion Research, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
Linda Shohet, PhD , The Centre for Literacy of Quebec, Montreal, QC, Canada
The Centre for Literacy of Quebec co-hosted the Calgary Institute on Health Literacy Curricula in October 2008. The institute drew participants and presenters from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. After three days of discussion, participants concluded that there is a need to identify core principles to underpin new and adapt existing health literacy curricula. There is a growing body of health literacy curricula that target five broad audiences health care professionals, university students, medical students, participants in ABE/ESOL/ESL programs, and the general public Existing health literacy curricula also target a very broad range of contexts and content from diabetes to the importance of health literacy and on to the use of the emergency room. (See http://www.advancinghealthliteracy.com/curricula.html.) This broad range of audiences and content areas is an inherent strength of health literacy, but also contributes to a potential lack of coordination, understanding, and comparability across efforts to advance health literacy. The Calgary Charter on Health Literacy is the outcome of a one-year long participatory effort to identify core principles to underpin new and adapt existing health literacy curricula. Health Literacy Missouri has recently adopted this work and the Public Health Agency of Canada has cited this in a recent call for health literacy demonstration projects across Canada. We encourage all individuals building or evaluating health literacy curricula to incorporate the principles into their work and join the growing number of signatories to the Calgary Charter on Health Literacy.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the participatory process used to develop the Calgary Charter on Health Literacy. 2. Describe the content of the Calgary Charter on Health Literacy. 3. Discuss the current state of the field of health literacy curriculum development.

Keywords: Health Literacy, Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I oversee programs focusing on health litearcy in a variety of contexts, have developed health literacy curricula, and was one of a group of original authors of the Calgary Charter on Health Literacy.
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.