Since it’s health literacy month, this post continues the theme of ways that educators and trainers can contribute to improving health literacy.
As noted in the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy:
The greatest opportunities for reducing health disparities are in empowering individuals and changing the health system to meet their needs. We cannot expect people to adopt the health behaviors and take the actions we champion without clear communication, supportive activities to build skills, and organizational changes to reduce the demands of our recommendations.
The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy (2010) describes a STEPP approach for improving health literacy. Quoting directly from the plan:
- Sharing—We must share, among ourselves and across disciplinary and organizational boundaries, information, findings, program successes, and areas for improvement.
- Technology—Being mindful of the digital divide, we must consider technology as an essential tool for improving health literacy.
- Evaluation—More programs need all types of evaluation, especially evaluation that accounts for what is important to different population groups.
- Partnership—We must create partnerships with communities and each other.
- Participation—Health literacy has its roots in community engagement. We must partner with the people whom we are trying to help.
A larger list of Diigo resources is provided here. (Remember the first step in the STEPP approach is Sharing, so bookmark your favorite resources and share!)
A Trailmeme of resources for evaluating the credibility of health information is here.
In subsequent posts, I’ll write more about how the Action Plan can be used to guide the development of health education materials.
Some previous health-education related posts:
- Health literacy month and e-patients: a ways to go
- Considerations for improving health literacy
- Improving health literacy: it’s about empowerment
- Improving health literacy through self-directed learning
- Supporting self-directed learning
- mhealth meet mlearning: the opportunities
- Mobile learning for health: initial design considerations
- mHealth and patient education for the 80%
- QR codes, augmented reality and learning for health
- Personal learning networks for health care professionals
- Social medicine is about education
US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (June 2010). National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. US Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from http://www.health.gov/communication/HLActionPlan/
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