Health Literacy “Mini-Lessons”
Health literacy is defined by Healthy People 2010 as: “The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” Given that low literacy may affect health and well-being negatively, “Health Literacy Mini-Lessons” have been added to the Project Read curriculum. Each lesson plan can be adjusted to your student’s reading level and comes with supplemental vocabulary, worksheets, videos, and activities suited to the topic.
Recent studies have shown that patients of all literacy levels, not just those who have a low literacy level, misunderstand instructions from health professionals. The end result of this confusion may be medication errors and an increase in ER and hospital visits. For this reason, we have decided to open up our health literacy resources, free to the public.
Public health is a diverse field that includes ideas and practices from economics, social studies, intercultural communication, global outreach, public policy, disaster preparedness, refugee health, and much more. For students thinking about pursuing a career in one of the many different avenues of public health, and for professionals already working in the industry, open courseware provides a unique opportunity for exploration in public health. Classes offered from schools like MIT and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health make quality education available for anyone with access to an Internet connection. Students enrolled in these classes can complete coursework on their own schedules and access lecture notes, reading assignments and additional resources provided by the universities.
This collection of courses features classes offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Students learn skills like intercultural communication, understanding diversity, understanding addiction, analyzing public policy, working with different kinds of health care providers, organizations and communities, and providing services to underdeveloped countries or communities that have experienced disaster. Classes like Global Tobacco Control, Personal Preparedness Planning for Public Health Workers, Population Change and Public Health, and Ethics in Public Health show the range of resources available to students through open courseware. Students can brush up on a particular area of the field or learn about new topics to supplement their education or experience.