Health Literacy in Schools

The Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC) received an innovation award from the Robert Wood Johnson’s Campaign for Action Culture of Health to promote health Litearcy in schools to influence health and wellness.  Other partners involved are the National Library of Medicine and the MA Health Council (MHC). The program us facilitated by trained nurses who will work students in schools. 

The initiative encourages nurses to become leaders and participants in existing school wellness committees. Participating nurses will receive population health training and access to resources from partners so they can be better positioned to shape school policies concerning school nutrition, physical activity, and other student health issues.

Professional development opportunities

The 2019 Health Literacy Professional Development at Tufts University School of Medicine is offering two programs this year:

Plain Language for Health (PL4H), March 28 – 29, 2019

PL4H is a two-day, plain language writing and design workshop. The year’s program features Professor Christopher Trudeau and an added focus on plain language writing for researchers and informed consent. 

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Health Literacy Leadership Institute (HLLI), June 10 – 14, 2019

HLLI is a one-week, advanced training opportunity is designed for an inter-professional group of practitioners and students, clinicians and educators, researchers and advocates, and anyone interested in transforming public health and health care. This year’s program features Professor Peter Chang, MD and a focus on health literacy ethics and global human rights.

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