249408 Health & Literacy: Implementation & Effects of a Community-Wide Adult Health Literacy Collaboration

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 9:24 AM

Suzanne Evans, Ed D , School of Health & Human Services, National University, San Diego, CA
To address health literacy issues in the County, a collaborative health literacy task force was established. The health literacy task force conducted an in-depth review of published literacy and health literacy research, met with key stakeholders including low literate adults, medical and literacy professionals and educators, and created an action plan to address the health literacy needs in the County. The plan included increasing awareness of low literacy and low health literacy issues within the healthcare community through marketing, sharing forums, publications and educational opportunities; creating a health literacy curricula for inclusion in adult literacy courses; implementing health literacy workshops for professionals and train-the-trainer workshops; and developing a website that would include resources and referrals for adult literacy and healthcare professionals. A collaborative partnership of the health literacy task force, adult literacy educators, and university researchers came together to design a workshop and research project that would test whether the health literacy knowledge and patient access skills of healthcare providers improves as a result of participating in health literacy workshops. Twenty workshops are scheduled to be conducted and assessed. Through examination of pre and post test data and 30 day follow-up data, awareness and action of health care providers who participated in workshops will be evaluated. The implementation and data collection is scheduled to be completed by June 2011. Analyzing the effectiveness of these sessions will guide redevelopment of the workshops and implementation of subsequent workshops. The implications for health literacy education and effects on healthcare practices will be shared.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will examine the need for health literacy skills and societal and personal impact of low literacy skills. 2. Participants will discuss the affects and implementation of a collaborative community-wide health literacy initiative. 3. Participants will discuss successful strategies to replicate this initative in their communities.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: teach public health and health education courses in bachelor and master of public health, serve on the county health literacy task force, and have a teaching credential in reading.
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.