Health Literacy Pilot Project

The NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A), as part of its outreach program, is accepting proposal applications for Health Literacy Pilot Projects to be conducted by network members in support of the NN/LM mission and goals. Funding will be provided for two projects in 2011-12. Note, that a full proposal will be required for those project applications selected for funding.

The goal of the health literacy pilot project award is to provide health literacy training and reliable health information resources for racial minorities, rural populations, speakers of ESOL (English as a Second Language) populations, caretakers of children, senior citizens, and other underserved populations.

For more information about this funding opportunity and how to apply, please click here.

Funded Projects May 2011-Present

Community Impact, INC - NMRHC Health Literacy Project
1. Promote health literacy in the Delta and Delta Hills Region of the state of Mississippi. - develop health literacy public service announcements to be aired on local and regional radio station for - develop health literacy posters families to read food labels; medication directions; talk and tell their children's about the role of health literacy in life’s lessons. 2. Develop culturally relevant resources to support family health literacy initiatives for all communities of color in the Delta and Delta Hills region of the State of Mississippi. - develop three Books in the Home Kits - develop and distribute an annotated list of People of Color literature for children. 3. Provide on-going training to health literacy facilitators in the Delta and Delta Hills Regions to help them expand their health literacy initiatives. - develop and deliver a Health Literacy Learning Symposium for 30 - 40 participants from the Delta and Delta Hills Regions. - deliver a Health Education workshop in two communities.
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012
With the help of the National Library of Medicine, we will expand our online library of American Sign Language videos. Ultimately, we want the health of the Deaf population to improve, and we believe this can be accomplished via the provision of medical information in ASL. A 2011 study by the National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) supports this assertion. The study used as a dissemination tool for educating the Deaf community, with participants claiming that the ASL accessible health videos found on were an effective and welcomed method of health education. Our objectives include: (1) Create a new module about Cardiovascular Disease containing approximately 25 videos produced in ASL which cover the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the following topics. Each topic will include four to five videos: Coronary Heart Disease High Blood Pressure Heart Attack High Cholesterol Cerebrovascular Accidents (Stroke) (2) Achieve a combined utilization rate of least 5,000 unique video-views per month, on, for these specific videos. This will be achieved through internal promotions on the website and social media platforms, and collaborative marketing efforts with NN/LM and other partners. We hope that the NN/LM will include our videos in its online database of ASL videos. (3) Create new and effective linkages between and the NN/LM and leverage these linkages to reach more individuals in the Deaf community.
May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014

Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center
A project to share health statistics portals on the web, promote the use of, including the languages available, provide health information resources, promote health literacy, provide reliable health information resources for rural populations, including minorities, utilize our website to further promote the objectives through active by linking resources, and videotape the speaker's presentation to add to our website.
August 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

Georgia Regents University
Childhood obesity is at epidemic levels in the United States, with Georgia ranking second in the nation in childhood obesity. Young children who are exposed to unhealthy foods and are not provided with appropriate activity levels are likely to become overweight or obese. Children’s food preferences and activity levels are established at a young age. In fact, some researchers suggest that children’s food preferences begin developing in the womb. After birth, infants drink formula or breast milk for the first year. The challenge for parents and child care providers is, when the infant is ready for table foods, to introduce new foods that will be healthy and to provide children with plenty of tummy time and other floor activities. Many parents and child care providers do not understand that young children will frequently reject new foods because they naturally have a tendency toward sweet and salty foods and those same babies will fuss when put in the tummy time position. Many adults do not understand the importance of physical activity beginning in infancy and continuing throughout the childhood. Research shows that early intervention in the home and child care setting can help children to establish healthy eating and activity levels at a very young age. However, many people still do not understand proper nutrition or realize that their eating and/or activity habits may be unhealthy. Child Care Center workers at Georgia Regents University will gain improved nutrition and health literacy, to complement current wellness initiatives at the Center. Infants and children under their care, who represent a diverse group of nationalities and ethnicities, as well as the workers and the children’s families, will benefit from additional understanding in establishing healthy eating and physical activity habits. NLM products and web sites will inform much of the training.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Health System
Provide consumer health information to an underserved patient population. Assist patients in identifying and clarifying questions to ask the doctor before their visit. Offer post-visit assistance in understanding physician-provided information • Identify the most common medical problems seen in this population. Develop information resources for those specific conditions at varying literacy levels and learning styles, as appropriate for this population . Extend the model of librarians embedded into the internal medicine clinic with new library and physician collaborators. Train physicians in available consumer health information.
May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

Reading Connections, Inc.
The objective of this project is to improve health literacy skills for 400 immigrant and refugee adults with low English proficiency in Guilford County, NC.
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012

Rex Healthcare
The main objective of this project is to promote health literacy through education and community outreach by “Train the Trainers” and “Health Literacy 101” workshops. The second objective of this project is to introduce website as an authoritative consumer health resource.
August 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

St. Luke Housing Ministry
The project plan will allow the resident(s) trained by the librarian, Marilyn Teolis, to train seniors with no computer experience. This will be a two-tiered project with certificates awarded at each level of compentency. Final graduation will involve proficiency in navigating the web sites and links found on the National Network of Libraries and Medicine.
May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Someone Cares, Inc. of Atlanta - R.E.A.C.H.
Project Objectives: 1. To provide a medical educational literacy program for 100 HIV positive Transgender 2. To provide access to medical research on the long term effects of HIV treatment and taking hormone medication to 100 HIV positive Transgender individuals 3. To build a medical library for HIV Positive Transgender.
May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

University of Alabama - Health Literacy Interventions: Training Healthcare
Health Literacy Interventions: Training Healthcare Professionals to Improve Caring for Older Adults (complete title) 1. To assess the Health Literacy competency of healthcare professionals working in geriatric clinical settings. 2. To implement a training program to improve health literacy competence. 3. To provide healthcare professionals with the tools necessary to effectively work with older adults. 4. To assess patient satisfaction of health information received using selected questions from the Interpersonal Processes of Care in Diverse Populations Questionnaire (IPC)
September 14, 2011 - April 30, 2012

Virgin Islands Medical Society
The current project targets the two lower-levels of health literacy to increase ability to understand and follow instructions especially discharge instructions compliance and medication self-management. Handouts, medical screening schedules, immunization logs, and other hardcopy materials will be customized to reflect the unique cultural needs of the USVI using real life documents for real life learning. Most of the educational materials are readily available from the various health literacy organizations appearing over the past decade. VIMS recognizes the extraordinary efforts specialists have made in preparing these health literacy materials. For example, Success Kits, newsletters, books, articles, and prepared workshops are all available at Health Literacy Consulting, a linked website from NNLM. VIMS’s goal is to make these into a curriculum that is culturally relevant and easily understandable.
May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013