258252 Functional Health Literacy Training for Seniors with Health Profession Students

Monday, October 29, 2012

Michele Day, LCSW, MSW, Ph D , School of Social Work, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Susan Dollar, BHS, MSW, PhD , School of Social Work, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Carmen Boyd, MS LPC RD/LD , BMS_Dietetics Program, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Jan Atwell, MSN RN , School of Nursing, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Carrie Lines, MPH , School of Social Work, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
An undeniable change in the health environment is the increased responsibility for seniors to understand, even to case-manage their own health care. There has been a concordant increase in concern about the skills of the vulnerable aged to utilize health care. One aspect of Functional Health Literacy is the empowerment of seniors to communicate with their health care providers and receive information they can use for self-care. Additionally, more health professions students must be reached to interest them in this topic and develop their skills in encouraging senior participation in health promotion. This session reports an IRB approved research/intervention project targeting 300 rural elders who were senior center attendees. The project used evidence based education from NIH and AMA sources such as Medline PLUS and ASK ME THREE for workshop content. Delivery and evaluation of the project employed a unique design with a large number of health profession students and interdisciplinary faculty presenters. Data collected on student experience affirmed the positive effect of contact with seniors that were expected. Senior data revealed an increase in knowledge and a statistically significant increase in confidence in talking with a heath provider. Project researchers redesigned the follow-up measure to test for lasting effect and application to actual health behaviors.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1) Participants will be able to describe and adapt a design of new model for functional health literacy (FHL)training to their own use. 2) Participants will be able to compare research methods for FHL is laboratory settings versus community settings. 3)Participants will be able to formulate a role for increased senior confidence in health communication with providers into participants own health promotion projects.

Keywords: Health Literacy, Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Although I am a junior faculty, my training and experience for 25 years is with aging and health education. I pursued undergraduate and masters degrees with a focus on aging and, most recently, doctoral education concerning aging research and teaching. I am the Co-PI on the funded grant project from which the data are drawn and primary author of publications that are in preparation from the project
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.