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Funding Awarded to Teaching Health Literacy to Underserved Youth in Milwaukee County

Posted by on June 21st, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Funding, Success Stories
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The GMR office is thrilled to announce funding for the creation of a youth health literacy curriculum through the Medical College of Wisconsin via our Health Information Outreach award.

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Description:  This project will Implement a sustainable youth health literacy curriculum in a health education course at Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center in Wauwatosa School District in Milwaukee County Wisconsin.  The proposed youth health literacy curriculum, which has a focus on self-efficacy and social interactions, will become a sustainable component of an existing health education course. The project will provide youth with sustainable and transferable health information seeking skills, a defined asset and necessity to become educated consumers of quality health information and services and making health decision.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) develop health literacy instruction based on “Youth Health Literacy: A Toolkit to Strengthen Health Literacy” developed at the New Mexico Department of Health Office of School and Adolescent Health, to be integrated into an existing health education course.  And to 2) empower students to independently seek quality health information using NLM resources and how to search and critically evaluate online health information; skills that have been found to be essential for making health decisions now and in the future; skills that the students can build on after leaving the facility.

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Sam is the Academic Outreach Specialist at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Greater Midwest Region. He coordinates the yearly funding with regional organizations and helps to create and instruct online courses for the NNLM. When not at work, he fritters away his time with fountain pens, cross-stitching, videogames, and family.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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