Health education

The Five E's for Health: Understanding eLiteracies for eLearning in Electronic Educational Environments (2008)

This report describes the evaluation of the impact of two established virtual classroom environments, one on tobacco control and one on HIV/AIDS, on student learning and engagement and on teacher collaboration.

The impact of the two programs was evaluated by 233 youth participants and five teachers, using surveys and interviews, with the goal of developing recommendations for health and education programming and policy.

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2014-06-03

Exploring the implementation and potential adaptation of Action Schools! (2009)

BC for Rural and Remote First Nations Communities

This document describes a project designed to test whether a school-based healthy lifestyles program could improve the health of Aboriginal children and youth in Canada.

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2014-05-28

Changing immigrants' attitudes toward intentions to use the BC HealthGuide Program: Culturally specific video messaging for health promotion (2007)

Journal of Applied Research on Learning, Vol. 1, No. 1, Article 3, 2007

This study investigated perceptions within the Iranian community of the Greater Vancouver Area about the Government of British Columbia’s health information program, and explored a model for introducing the program to other ethnic communities in the province.

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2014-05-16

'Talk to Your Doc' - helping adolescents make health care transitions (2010)

Evaluation and design to extend the reach

This study evaluates the effectiveness of “Talk to Your Doc” workshops presented by University of British Columbia medical students in Vancouver high schools as a volunteer outreach program since 1998.

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2014-05-14

Supporting task-based programming related to using digital technology: Developed for Literacy and Basic Skills practitioners in Ontario - Package 2 (2012)

Includes sample tasks for using digital technology for managing health, managing learning, and sharing and collaborating using digital technology

This document is housed on the AlphaPlus server, where it can be downloaded in PDF format.

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2013-04-18

Patient self-management: Health-literacy skills required (2007)

Lessons in Learning – June 19, 2007

Patients who actively participate in managing their own chronic illnesses can benefit from improved health while, at the same time, decreasing their reliance on the health-care system, according to the authors of this paper. But patient self-management requires solid health-literacy skills, which many Canadians lack.

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2013-01-25

The obstacles to learning about caring for elders in Canada (2007)

Lessons in Learning – July 12, 2007

More Canadians than ever before are living to age 85 and older and many still live in their own homes, thanks to help from an informal caregiver. These caregivers, who are usually spouses or middle-aged children, are often ill-equipped for the physical, emotional, and financial toll of their responsibilities, the authors of this paper say.

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2013-01-18

How low literacy can affect your health (2008)

Lessons in Learning – March 6, 2008

If individuals are to make educated decisions about their health, they must have the literacy skills required to find and understand reliable and up-to-date health-related information, the authors of this document say. However, despite Canada’s pride in its national health care program and a relatively high standard of living, disparities in literacy skills have a significant negative impact on the health of Canadians.

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2012-08-24

North Bay Literacy Council – Julie Patterson, Literacy & Health Program Manager [Video - 2:22] (2011)

In this brief video, an official of the North Bay Literacy Council in Ontario discusses health literacy, explaining that it is the ability to understand health information. She describes it as having two sides: health-care professionals must communicate clearly, while health-care consumers need to learn relevant words and terms.

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2012-08-22

Measuring health literacy: A challenge to curriculum design and evaluation (2010)

This is the first in a series of research briefs focusing on questions of interest to practitioners and policymakers in adult literacy.

The author says it is becoming more urgent to develop a new comprehensive measure of health literacy. Developing such a measure is the next significant task facing health literacy research and practice.

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2012-08-21

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