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HealthLit4Kids: Building Health Literacy From the School Ground Up

Nash, R ORCID: 0000-0003-3695-0887, Elmer, S ORCID: 0000-0001-9757-9976 and Osborne, R 2019 , 'HealthLit4Kids: Building Health Literacy From the School Ground Up', in B Shelley and K te Riele and N Brown and T Crellin (eds.), Harnessing the Transformative Power of Education , Brill, pp. 210-225.

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This chapter describes the rationale and methodology that underpins a multicomponent health literacy program for schools which aims to raise awarenessof and develop health literacy among teachers, children and their communities. This program considers the health literacy of the individual, the healthliteracy responsiveness of the school and the needs of the local community.This is important as the complex and multifactorial nature of health literacyrequires a whole of community response for sustained improvements. Consistent with the complex nature of health literacy, HealthLit4Kids is informed bya pragmatist worldview and employs a sequential mixed methods approach.A program logic model and nine discrete research questions were usedto determine if health literacy can be taught and developed in the primaryschool context. Data were obtained pre and post the program from multiplesources: teacher health literacy knowledge, skills and experience; HeLLoTashealth literacy responsiveness of the school environment; focus groups (parents, teachers); teacher reflections; workshop data and evaluations; andstudent health literacy artefacts (creative pieces) and their descriptions.Our program, HealthLit4Kids, builds health literacy from within the schoolground in such a way that its ripple effects reach out widely into the localcommunity.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Nash, R and Elmer, S and Osborne, R
Keywords: health literacy, school, community, HealthLit4Kids, child, education, teacher
Publisher: Brill
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