Express Outreach: Outreach To and Through Faith Communities
This project will build on the experience and collaborative relationships of the Alaska Faith Community Resource Center at Providence to provide outreach education and advance health literacy in the Anchorage community. Specifically, it will train selected Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) and members of their health ministry teams to utilize National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources such as MedlinePlus, PubMed and Arctic Health. These trained volunteers will then serve as community experts who will be equipped to provide presentations and information for members of their congregation and the greater community who are at risk for low health literacy and have limited knowledge regarding quality online consumer health information. It is expected the both the trainers and community members will benefit from increased confidence and skill in finding and selecting quality health information resources. Community members will have Increased options and locations to access health information and research health concerns.