ERIC Number: ED404436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-7
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy for Health: Improving Health in the Inner City. Final Report and Curriculum Modules.
Illinois Univ., Chicago.
The Literacy for Health program was a yearlong project to develop and test a curriculum combining literacy skills and health knowledge to help young inner-city adults develop the literacy skills needed to interpret written health information and gain the information needed to maintain their health. The project was a partnership between health educators and literacy specialists in Chicago. An eight-unit curriculum was developed and tested with 89 young, low-income African American female clients of four programs: a multisite social service center, a social service center for public housing residents, a home for unmarried mothers, and alternative high school for students who have either dropped out or chosen to leave high school for various reasons (such as poor academic performance, pregnancy, and behavioral problems). Included in the curriculum were units on the following topics: nutrition for health and economy; human development; parenting for healthy outcomes; dealing with stress, social isolation, and family violence; human sexuality; acquired immune deficiency syndrome and other sexually transmitted diseases; problems of safety; and accessing and using health care and health information. The curriculum was received favorably by teachers and students alike and is still being taught in the target community. Included in each unit are lesson plans (containing objectives, a list of materials, and learning activities) and some or all of the following: vocabulary lists, checklists, student handouts, worksheets, and tests. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Blacks, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Functional Literacy, Fused Curriculum, Health Materials, Health Promotion, Inner City, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Modules, Literacy Education, Partnerships in Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Chicago.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)