Program Session

5 - Field Testing--and Improving--a Health Advocacy Web-Based Curriculum

Tuesday, May 30
4:05 PM - 4:20 PM
Room: 612

Objectives: In 2014, the Project SHARE team developed a web-based curriculum to build students' health advocacy skills. In 2016, five Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in diverse settings chose the curriculum for a national health literacy project. This presentation describes how the Project SHARE team used the students’ and instructors’ experiences in the field to enhance and improve the curriculum.

Methods: In 2014, the Project SHARE team developed a web-based health advocacy curriculum aimed at building students’ skills to advocate for improved health at the personal, family, and community level. It comprises six modules: Overview of Health Disparities; Quality Health Information; Taking Charge of Your Health; Smart Food Choices; Promoting Health and Wellness in Your Community; Crafting and Delivering the Message. Each module contains lessons plans and experiential learning activities. In 2016, five AHECs in frontier, urban and rural settings chose the curriculum to support a national health literacy project. This presentation will report on the effectiveness of the curriculum in the field and will describe how the Project SHARE team used students’ and instructors’ in-the-field experiences to expand the curriculum. Areas addressed include developing content in health equity and creating innovative ways to more fully engage students.

Results: With funding from the Center for Public Service Communications, the Project SHARE team incorporated the five AHECs’ (year 1) field experiences into the curriculum. Three AHECs – Southeastern Primary Care Consortium Atlanta AHEC, Eastern Connecticut AHEC, and Southeast Pennsylvania AHEC - are using and adapting the SHARE curriculum in year 2 of the national health literacy project.

Conclusion: By incorporating recommendations from lessons learned in the field, the Project SHARE curriculum stays relevant as it builds students' health advocacy skills.

Keywords: health literacy; health advocacy; community outreach; community engagement; curriculum; health equity.



Program Session

Alexa Mayo

Associate Director for Services
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Baltimore, MD

Alexa Mayo, MLS, AHIP, is Associate Director for Services at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she manages and provides leadership for the public service departments within the library: Information Services, Research, Education and Outreach Services, and Bioinformatics Services. She has served in the position since 2005 and in public service positions within the HS/HSL beginning in 1994, first as liaison librarian to the School of Medicine. Alexa has extensive experience in libraries, having worked in general academic, special, hospital, and the HS/HSL, a large, publicly funded academic health sciences library. While at the HS/HSL, Alexa has managed six funded projects, several of them multi-year projects with community partners. She writes and presents on her professional expertise and experience in developing research support services and in global and community outreach.

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M.J. Tooey

Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs/Executive Director, HSHSL
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Baltimore, Maryland

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