This Thursday, July 16 at 1pm Pacific Time (noon Alaska, 2pm Mountain), please join us in our new webinar series, PNR Partners. This hour long program will be focused on those in our region who have received funding from the PNR and have developed services or programs to better serve those in their communities. At this first session we will hear about two programs both located in Alaska. We will hear from Jeni Rogers who will speak about The Anchorage Health Literacy Collaborative (TAHLC) which promotes health literacy to limited English proficient students at the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) and to immigrant and refugee communities throughout Anchorage, Alaska. In 2008, TAHLC developed a Peer Language Navigator (PLN) program around breast and cervical cancer workshops and screenings by training bilingual participants on health information to share with their community members. In 2013 and 2014, the PLN model was expanded through two NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region express outreach awards where PLNs were trained to find reliable online health resources and to share health information with community members. The project was highly successful: all PLNs reported increased confidence accessing health information online and reached out to over 200 individuals in the community. As a result of this project, TAHLC continues to offer education on online health information through health literacy courses and community health outreach projects.
Linda Shepard’s project, Outreach to and Through Faith Communities, was designed to build on the experience and collaborative relationships of the Alaska Faith Community Nurse Resource Center at Providence. The goal of the project was to provide outreach education and improve health literacy in the Anchorage community. A cadre of volunteer Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) were recruited and trained to become community experts in accessing and utilizing National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources such as MedlinePlus, PubMed and Arctic Health. These trained volunteers were provided with an outreach toolkit, a mobile internet classroom and ongoing technical assistance which equipped them with resources to provide community outreach presentations. This combination of volunteer community experts and a mobile internet classroom provided community members at risk for low health literacy to have increased options and access to quality health information they could use to research and make good decisions about their health concerns. (more…)