The following health literacy lessons were developed by different staff at the El Paso Community College/Community Education Program (EPCC/CEP). All the lessons were developed using the EPCC/CEP Five-Step Model. They were developed with different funding sources. Funding sources include Laubach/Women in Literacy/USA, Pfizer, and EPCC/CEP.
The lessons were developed to meet the educational and health needs of students attending classes in our program at a particular period in time. They were developed in a specific context. (For example, some of the health information we used is in Spanish.) The needs of the students and the information and services available to them may vary from community to community. Therefore, these lessons should serve as a guide. Some may be replicable in their entirety in certain communities, while others may not.
Teachers should work collaboratively with the students and local entities to determine health needs and available resources. For more information on forming collaborations with health entities in your community, please see Ideas For Collaborating With Health Organizations.
While the lessons may not be entirely replicable, the Five-Step instructional model is. We recommend that teachers become familiar with the Five-Step Model when they look at lessons and when they deliver health literacy instruction.
For some of the lessons, teachers will need to find an appropriate brochure or handout for the reading activity. Local health clinics or hospitals may have some. There are also suggestions in Online Resources for handouts and additional information. The Health & Literacy Special Collection is another source for health information or brochures.
(This is an excerpt from the article What is Health Literacy?)
Here are some ways that health organizations can collaborate with adult education programs:
Following is a list of health entities that may exist in most Communities and can facilitate health information.
People can access information about these entities in their communities in their phonebooks. Local public libraries may also have directories of health and other resources. People may also find information by typing the name of the entity and the name of their community in their web browsers. They can also type the name of the entity and find information available nationwide. The American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Diabetes Association, Center for Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency have extensive web-sites with a lot of health related information.
Often times, immigrants may be afraid to seek health services for fear of deportation. Health entities, however, are not in the immigration business and are willing and able to assist poor immigrants. In fact, some of their funding requires that they do this.
Curriculum created by Andres Muro of El Paso Collaborative. 2001
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