Schroeder Center Collaborates with Literacy for Life

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy recently received two awards related to the HEAL (Health Education and Literacy) Program at Literacy for Life.

One award was made to a team led by Jennifer Mellor, director of the Schroeder Center, and including Dr. Bruce Britton, MD, a faculty member at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), and Joan Peterson, Executive Director of Literacy for Life. The team was recently awarded a Round 1 Collaborative Grant to design an intervention to improve health literacy training for medical professionals. Work on the project will be completed in late October 2013 and will result in the development of an intervention that combines Literacy for Life’s HEAL program, eight classes targeted at low-literate adults to increase their knowledge of healthcare topics, and EVMS’s family medicine clerkship, a program that trains medical students to work with underserved populations.

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy also received an award from Literacy for Life to provide evaluation consulting related to the HEAL program. Schroeder Center staff will provide evidence-based recommendations on evaluation methods, including proposed changes to instruments that HEAL currently uses to assess its outcome on participants, data analysis, and changes to the evaluation design that can help identify long-term HEAL program impacts.