Literacy for Life: Teaming Up for Healthy Kids and Communities Funding Information
The proposed new project is a summer school health literacy and community outreach project collaboration between Library & Knowledge Services at National Jewish Health (NJH) and Morgridge Academy, a free Colorado Department of Education approved school, located on the NJH campus, which serves children who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness. Using the case made in the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy (1) this project aims to address the impact of limited health literacy, which disproportionately affects lower socioeconomic and minority groups. Minorities and low-income populations suffer higher incidences of asthma, emergency department visits and death due to asthma (2). These demographics represent a majority of students at Morgridge Academy. The aims of this project are to support lifelong health literacy skills for children who suffer chronic conditions; and increase the students? community engagement in health-related issues.