Douglas College health literacy partnerships
We have been thinking about how to build partnerships in order to improve health literacy. My team and I recently met with Marina Niks and Joy Page of Douglas College Centre for Health and Community Partnerships (CHCP) to discuss their projects and potential for partnership. What is unique and impressive about CHCP is that:
- It promotes healthy communities through community health promotion activities. A community advisory committee proposes projects.
- It uses a service-learning framework, that matches students and faculty with agencies to work on specific agency projects. Students work on interdisciplinary projects that meet agency needs as well as their own learning objectives.
- It serves as a link for faculty, students and agencies in community-based research. See Centre for Community based research for more on this.
- Evaluation is a very strong component of their projects.
Current community health promotion activities include:
- Fraser Health Authority Breast feeding Support Clinic every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon;
- Ministry of Families and Children Eating Disorders Group weekly;
- Douglas College CE Prenatal Classes.
Many of these health promotion projects have a Health Literacy thematic focus:
- ACTION for Health sought to achieve a fuller understanding of the ways health information is produced, consumed and used by lay people and health sector professionals in order to inform the design of processes and systems.
- BC Literacy and Health Research Project sought to create a comprehensive agenda and develop capacity on literacy and health research in British Columbia.
- Health Literacy Among Diabetes Patients in a Primary Care Practice sought to determine the prevalence of low health literacy among a sample of patients receiving treatment for diabetes within a primary care practice in Victoria, British Columbia.
- Measurement of Health Literacy in Schools aimed to develop and validate measures of health literacy for middle and high school populations in British Columbia.
- Measurement of Health Literacy in Different Population Groups developed an operational definition of health literacy and a conceptual framework, mapped the domain of health literacy and developed an instrument for measuring health literacy among older adults living in the community.