The Community Engagement Core seeks to increase health literacy that can help guide health choices in the community.
Health researchers and minority health advocates have long appreciated that higher rates of unhealthy behaviors and certain types of diseases are more prevalent in minority populations.
Sometimes the high rates and severity of these problems are due in part to the failure of the health care system to share information in a way that is usable by minority populations and that motivate them to seek health care at the appropriate time.
For example, although there may be treatments that work to halt a disease, the outcomes may be much worse for minority individuals because they do not seek treatment until much later in the disease process.
Having the proper information about the risk of a disease, its symptoms, and treatment options help individuals to identify problems and seek treatment earlier.
Research findings show that sustained efforts aimed at increased health literacy, awareness, early detection, and early treatment can be helpful to minority populations.
One way for individuals in the community to obtain state of the science treatment at no charge is to participate in clinical trials. Unfortunately, minority individuals tend to have very low rates of participation in these studies. The Community Engagement Core seeks to develop more effective strategies to inform the community of studies they may want to participate in.
We focus on increasing health literacy in multiple levels of the community. Health information will be prepared and presented in ways that are user friendly and usable by the different community constituencies.
How do we plan on presenting findings?
- Town hall meetings
- Radio and TV shows
Who do we want to reach?
- The general public,
- Community agencies,
- Community leaders and coalitions, and
- Decision-makers and funders of services.