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Health Literacy of Refugee Populations

Margaret S. Zimmerman, an Assistant Professor with the University of Iowa’s (UI) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) requests a grant for a pilot program to develop and implement a health literacy training for refugee women living in Johnson and Linn counties in Iowa. Building upon the PI’s current body of research into the health information needs of refugee women and using National Library of Medicine resources, trainings will be developed in collaboration with scholars from the UI’s Language, Literacy, and Culture program and from UI’s School of Public Health. These trainings will be administered by SLIS students with the assistance of local translators, if needed. Once completed, the result of this project will be a cohesive, vetted curriculum designed to improve the health literacy and, ultimately, health information access and outcomes of refugee women and their families.

Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Women
African Americans or Black
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Educator, K-12
General public
Library or information professional
Student, college & post-grad
Project Lead:
Margaret Zimmerman
Funding Source: 
GMR
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2018
Funding Amount: 
$10343
Funding Period:
Dec 10, 2018 to Apr 30, 2019
Project Status:
Completed