Health Info Services: FD CARES Community Education Outreach
The City of Tacoma, Fire Department FD CARES Program will create supplemental materials to enhance their current chronic illness education program for residents and staff at local Tacoma care facilities. Discussion forums with care facilities confirmed 911 data analysis done by the Tacoma Fire Department that low health literacy in the senior population, lack of self-management behaviors, and preventative actions leads to an increase in 9-1-1 calls for service. The vision of the chronic illness education program is to emphasize adoption of self-management behaviors used by seniors and their caretakers and to promote preventative actions that will contribute to overall health and wellness. By taking these simple but effective steps 9-1-1 calls for service can be reduced. The goals of the project are to improve self-management abilities and preventative actions in seniors and staff at care facilities and to create additional education materials, utilizing the National Library of Medicine?s resources. FD Cares staff will work with undergraduate students in the University of Washington, Tacoma Branch Social Work Program to create flyers, brochures and reference cards. They will also distribute MedlinePlus.gov and SeniorHealth.gov bookmarks to project participants and Tacoma firefighters. Materials produced will be evaluated for safety, effectiveness, and. patient-centeredness. Expected outcomes of the project will be the Social Work students learning to produce quality educational materials, materials being made available to care facility residents, and improvement of knowledge of chronic disease management and self-care in the residents.