The GMR office is happy to announce funding for the Health Literacy of Displaced Populations project via our Health Information Outreach award.
Description: This project will develop and implement a health literacy training for refugee women living in Johnson and Linn counties in Iowa. Training sessions will be developed in collaboration with scholars from the University of Iowa’s Language, Literacy, and Culture program and from the University of Iowa’s School of Public Health. These sessions will be administered by school of library and information studies students with the assistance of local translators. 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 displaced women and their families.
Objectives: The primary goals of this project are to 1) increase knowledge regarding the health information needs and health literacy of refugee women. This will result in public health, information, and resettlement organizations being better equipped to address the gaps in displaced women’s abilities to access health information for themselves and their families. 2) Develop an effectual program to improve the health literacy of refugee women so that they will be better equipped to seek health information and, ultimately, care in the US. 3) Disseminate the project findings and resultant initiative to library science schools and community organizations so that they will be able to implement this programming in their communities.