Category Archives: Health Literacy

Day 60: Last Day

We started off the morning with a meeting with everyone in CHEN. We talked about some positive changes, including those involving websites. The Florida Department of Health in Escambia officially has a Twitter account and the communications department is also working on the Escambia Health website. We talked about the current hydration challenge and working the 5-2-1-0 Day of Play and Seafood Fun. Healthiest Weight has a few new prioritized changes including birthing/breastfeeding facilities, worksite wellness, childcare centers, and health care focuses. This year, the healthy equity focus would be on cardiovascular disease and diabetes, with partnering communities in health care and faith-based organizations. There is also a new intervention for toxic stress among children that would need to be accomplished. It was stated that the CHA-CHIP goals needed to have slight revisions to fit other categories and have the Quality Improvement project for training on health equity.

I finished my internship paper this afternoon and had several new insights of my internship that tied into the areas of responsibility as a health education intern. I was not aware that so many sub-competencies made up an entire area, but that the health department does teach and implement many ways of promoting health education internal and external of the organization. It was a hard, long, and rewarding experience.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 7.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 371.40

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Day 59

I started continuing to work on my internship paper in the morning until the CHEN meeting. We discussed many things, like worksite wellness, Diabetes Prevention Program, the new umbrella for Healthy Escambia, and Day of Play. I decided to continue as a volunteer for that day, unless otherwise noted. There would be more positive and flowing changes to Healthy Escambia to better meet the needs of the community members. Kara decided to do a six-week focus on healthy lifestyle changes open to everyone in the community so she wouldn’t just do DPP classes. She wanted to focus it on topics that were relevant to everyone in the community, such as stress management, reading nutrition labels, physical activity, and a few others. We jotted down ideas for her to start working on. I had to reword and add several things to my internship paper to focus it more on the Areas for development of competencies.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 8.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 363.90

Day 49

The Healthy Babies Module was much information that I tried my best to cover in a short amount of time. I was able to have contents for all slides of the presentation, but not quite the notes in the required format. I was able to have short messages about infant mortality that could be shared via Twitter or Facebook per CHEN’s guidelines. Tanisha and I reviewed the content of the short messages. She taught me how to use Bitly as a source for a shortened version of the sources of the website links I used. I am not familiar with Twitter at all, but I also learned that Twitter has a 140-character guideline for their posts, including spaces and punctuation. This was actually what I finished the quickest, even though I had to update my sources and use the Bitly generator and Twitter word count. I guess being up to date with social media is my next goal as a health educator. I was able to start on the brochure. Targeting benefits of breastfeeding, quitting tobacco, prenatal and postnatal care, and local resources were tied into the presentation and brochure. These were all my drafts, as I attempted to put as much information into these materials for the Faith-Based Network.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 8.67
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 282.48

Day 47

Much research was conducted today. I used many sources like MyPlate, Women’s Health, CDC, HealthyPeople 2020, Florida Department of Health, and others. Attempting to make an outline as I make sense of the main points for low health literate target audiences is much more challenging than I thought. Main points such as breastfeeding, health equity, and infant mortality are topics I believed I’d be able to simplify in context in a short amount of time, but unfortunately, I am not quite efficient. I tried to use the Flesch-Kincaid proofreading tool on Word for about half an hour to test it out and understand before I completely  finish my draft of the PowerPoint. Gathering as much resources as possible on a time crunch was my main focus as I continued to make sense of the content and outline in my own words. I figured I would focus on rewording to the standards of the Flesch-Kincaid would be a later goal prior to submitting my presentation.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 6.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 266.98

Day 29: Start of Summer

I met up with Stephanie at Children’s Home Society on Palafox this morning. The organization had an employee’s only health fair. There were many other vendors there promoting their businesses. Aside from the Florida Department of Health, there was people representing health insurances, such as Aetna, Rodan and Fields for their oils, Smoothie King, and a ju jitsu place. We promoted healthy eating habits by using tear off sheets from MyPlate. I liked it because not only did it show the correct portions, but gave healthy and descriptive recommendations on the back of it. The other sheet promoted physical activity, and on the back of that showed a daily tracker with calorie counts from certain foods. We also gave out resistance bands of different resistance, and salad shakers. Diabetes Prevention Program was also given along with the quiz. And Stephanie was informing those interested in the health newsletter for the month of May. We explained that there are tips to manage stress, eat healthier, in office workouts at their desks they could do, and free local fitness classes, such as Everman’s yoga. I was only there a few hours and had to leave to head to the health department to prep materials for the presentation.

The Health Literacy in Elderly presentation did not make me nervous and I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing. It was at AHEPA. Corey surprised me with a powerpoint just for me and her to use as a guide. She decided since we were presenting to the elderly that a ‘health literacy vocabulary word bingo’ would be appropriate and I thought it was a great idea. Although, I was a little disappointed we didn’t get to play it because we ran out of time. We handed out a pretest and post test about their knowledge about health literacy. We asked questions such as:
1. What type of level of prevention is getting an immunization?
2. How confident are you in speaking to your doctor and asking  him questions?

The only difference in the post test was that the last question asked if they enjoyed the presentation. I was able to give feedback on a few things and explain what the women considered confusing. Terms such as BMI and glycemia were ones I had to elaborate on. We received positive feedback on the presentation and I honestly wish it were a little longer just to connect with the audience. A few of them had several nutrition questions and Corey and I were not able to answer, but were able to follow up with those and give them the message back about their questions to our contact person that works at AHEPA. They loved that they could keep the orange 5-2-1-0 pens and the orange grocery bags. During the presentation, we handed out several helpful guides about what to ask their health care providers, nurses, and pharmacists. We also gave them brochures about cardiovascular disease, cancer screenings, mammograms, and hypertension. We even gave them a helpful sheet about looking up resourceful information from websites, such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institute of Health. They were very intrigued when we spoke about reliable sources and phrases to watch out for when hearing about infomercials versus the scientific truth. I actually learned a few things myself. It was a great and successful day. I hope future presentations will go smoother.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 7.33
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 153.95