CHW: Health Literacy 101

Health Literacy 101

Release Date: 09/28/2022
Expiration Date: 09/28/2024
Format:  Enduring Online Material 

Target Audience
This activity is intended for community health workers.

Statement of Need
Many deaths and events of serious harm happening in U.S. healthcare are preventable. These poor health outcomes happen for several reasons. These reasons include the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). SDOH can be a lack of access to healthy food, limited access to health care, and low income. They can also include culture, language, education, and low health literacy. Community Health Workers (CHWs) create good health and health behaviors by helping people access health resources. This course prepares you to connect people in your community with easy to understand health information.

Learning Goal and Outcome

Learning Goal: Participants will increase knowledge about the social determinants of health and how it impacts the health outcomes in the community.

Learning Outcome: Participants will connect the community members to the available health resources to improve their health outcomes.

Educational Objectives
Upon the completion of this activity, learners should be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of barriers to communication and understanding of how to facilitate health protective behaviors. (Communication - 1.5; Service Coordination - .5)
2. Employ effective strategies to help clients reduce their barriers through health-literate communication. (Capacity Building Skills - .5)


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Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD, CPPS, CHWI, DipACLM, CHWC
Assistant Professor, Department of Lifestyle Health Sciences
University of North Texas Health Science Center, School of Health Professions
Clinical Executive for Health Literacy, SaferCare Texas
Fellow and Project Director, Texas Center for Health Disparities

The University of North Texas Health Science Center CE and Assessment planning team and the subject matter expert do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose .

Community Health Workers
This activity is State Certified for 2.5 credits for community health workers.

All information contained within this activity is intended for educational purposes only. 

Technical Requirements
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Institutional Review Board

Data collected as part of this activity may be analyzed as part of educational research to study the effectiveness of interventions. This project is included under UNTHSC IRB protocol #2017-056.

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