Building Health Literacy: A Team Sport!

This is a hands-on workshop that will engage the participants in ideas to build health literacy within the communities they serve. It is based on the lessons learned while putting together health literacy programs for refugees, English language learners, and literacy learners, in conjunction with health providers and other providers of health information. The central role that librarians can play in these type of endeavors will be highlighted.

Workshop participants will leave the workshop with a blueprint about the following elements of building health literacy:
1. Identifying the health literacy needs of their communities.
2. Targeting actions to fill needs.
3. Developing a list of possible partners for programming
4. Finding available resources
There will be an opportunity for participants to brainstorm on possibilities in these areas.

Presenter Description: Doris Ravotas teaches health literacy to future and present health providers at Western Michigan University and in professional forums. She leads a health literacy program for refugees every summer. As a fellow for the Kalamazoo Literacy Center she coordinates the health literacy workgroup and tutor forums and recently conducted a series on CoVid-19 for literacy and English learners. Her PhD in Communications includes specializations in literacy, linguistics, and usability testing applied to health communications. She has presented around the world on the importance of partnerships in building health literacy within communities. She is presently on the Fulbright Specialist roster.

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