Click to watch a NEW video by teens in the Health Enterprise Zone!

Melissa-KimbrellMelissa Kimbrell, a Behavioral and Community Health graduate student, was recently accepted into the Horowtiz Center for Health Literacy and Prince Georges County Health Department’s Health Literacy Apprenticeship.
Melissa is currently working with experts from the Horowtiz Center for Health Literacy and the Prince Georges County Health Department full time as the County Health Literacy Apprentice. In this apprenticeship, Melissa is training and working with county officials on research and programs related to health literacy and health communication. Melissa is working in areas related to chronic disease; communication; community transformation initiative; maternal/child health; and the health enterprise zone.

Congratulations Melissa Kimbrell on this exciting opportunity!

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Dr. Linda Aldoory, director of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, and a team of graduate students evaluated the health knowledge and literacy of second, third, fourth and fifth graders at Worcester County’s elementary schools this June, after the students received new health literacy lessons. This past academic year, Worcester County teachers integrated health literacy in the daily curriculum of all second through fifth grade classes in the county.  A  team from the Center for Health Literacy visited schools to collect pre-test data in January and returned this month to assess the effectiveness of the new health literacy curriculum.

The project focuses on integrating health literacy concepts into the general K-8 curriculum in Worcester County Public Schools. The new curriculum aims to increase student capacity as empowered consumers of health information and services. Assessments evaluated health knowledge, perceived self-efficacy and levels of health literacy that will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the curriculum and document improvements in health literacy.

2nd grade: This year is the implementation of curriculum across the county, after last year’s pilot with second graders.

3-5th grade: This year is the pilot for these three grades, each in one school in the county.

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The team of interviewers at a Worcester County elementary school

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Amanda Strausser, a Graduate Assistant at the Center

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Grace McManus, a recent MPH graduate form the Behavioral and Community Health Program

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Check out this video about how designers can address the current health literacy problem in the U.S.!

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The National Library of Medicine has created an amazing database with free health information resources (in over 90 languages!) called HealthReach. Visit the site to access:

  • Health education resources such as fact sheets, videos and brochures
  • Health provider tools such as best practices and cultural information
  • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster situations, Women’s Health and Mental Health

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NEW HEZ Teen Video!

March 3, 2015

As part of the Health Enterprise Zone (HEZ) health literacy campaign, youth in zipcode 20743 in PG county came together to learn about health literacy, editing and software skills, and to create a video about what being healthy means to them. The HEZ Teen Video group wrote a script, acted, took photos, and even selected caption choices and music for the video. They titled their final product “Diary of a Healthy Kid” and even included a photo collage of what they think is healthy and unhealthy in their community. Check it out!

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The Center for Health Literacy is in its second year of its Health Literacy Campaign for Prince George’s County’s Health Enterprise Zone (HEZ). A Random Household Survey has been completed, data is being analyzed, and the Steering Committee is proposing a series of Health Literacy Neighborhood Forums in zip code 20743. Preliminary findings from the survey will be available this month!

The neighborhood based forums will be the kick-off for the 20743-wide Health Literacy Campaign, a community-based program to help Capitol Heights be prepared to use new health care services that residents are and will be receiving in the Health Enterprise Zone. The goals of the forums are: 1) to provide an opportunity for residents to learn about the HEZ and health literacy; and 2) to express and record their opinions and needs for health services and health literacy messages and resources. Over the next few weeks, Center for Health Literacy will work closely with its Steering Committee of residents and community leaders to finalize forum activities and develop campaign messages to promote community involvement and active participation at the forums.

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Worcester county photos

Center Director Dr. Linda Aldoory and a team of graduate students evaluated second, third, fourth and fifth graders at Worcester County’s elementary schools in January, before the students receive new health literacy lessons. Now Worcester County teachers will be integrating health literacy in the daily curriculum of all second through fifth grade classes in the county. The Center will be returning in June to assess the effectiveness of the new health literacy curriculum!

The project focuses on integrating health literacy concepts into the general K-8 curriculum in Worcester County Public Schools. The new curriculum aims to increase student capacity as empowered consumers of health information and services. Assessments evaluated health knowledge, perceived self-efficacy and levels of health literacy that will be used demonstrate the effectiveness of the curriculum and document improvements in health literacy.

2nd grade: This year is the implementation of curriculum across the county, after last year’s pilot with second graders.

3-5th grade: This year is the pilot for these three grades, each in one school in the county.

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