June 15, 2015

A team from the Center for Health Literacy visited Worcester County elementary schools to evaluate the health knowledge and literacy of second, third, fourth and fifth graders after the students received new health literacy lessons. This past academic year, Worcester County teachers integrated health literacy in the daily curriculum of all second through fifth grade classes in the county.  The team visited schools to collect pre-test data in January and returned this month to assess the effectiveness of the new health literacy curriculum.

The project focuses on integrating health literacy concepts into the general K-8 curriculum in Worcester County Public Schools. The new curriculum aims to increase student capacity as empowered consumers of health information and services. Assessments evaluated health knowledge, perceived self-efficacy and levels of health literacy that will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the curriculum and document improvements in health literacy.