Faculty Development Program in Health Literacy and Aging

caring_300.jpgThe CGEC is currently recruiting Faculty from Around the State for the 2014 Health Literacy Scholars

The goal of this multidisciplinary faculty development program is to broadly disseminate health literacy principles and contribute to improved patient outcomes. After program completion, participants will be able to:

  • Communicate how low health literacy impacts patient/client outcomes
  • Write and speak with simple language and cultural relevance  with patients and/or clients
  • Guide students and other learners in communicating health information clearly when providing care
  • Identify health system barriers to improving health literacy apply corrective actions to prevent, detect and/or correct them

This program is offered to only 10 clinicians/ health care leaders who work in health care or academic settings.  Often they teach patients, staff, community members, or students. Coursework requires a minimum commitment of 20-25 hours over a six-month period.  Individual projects integrate knowledge into practice. 20-25 Continuing education contact hours are offered. Participants are expected to commit to attendance and active participation in all sessions, completion of between session “self-learning” exercises, and apply lessons learned in their practice, teaching and organizational processes. Participants will also be invited to teach subsequent faculty development cohorts.

Sessions are largely case- and problem-based and highly interactive. Prior to the initial session, participants complete an assessment of professional self-efficacy relative to health literacy and also define individual goals for the training experience.

Selected course topic include:

  • An overview of health literacy and Integrating strategies into clinical practice
    Darren DeWalt, MD, MPH and Robb Malone, PharmD, CDE
  • Prescribing and Medication Management
    Betsy Bryant-Shilliday, PharmD, CDE, CPP
  • Cultural Competency and health literacy: The challenge for North Carolina
    Cristine Clarke, Ed. D.
  • Developing and Evaluating Print Materials for Older Adults
    Karen Stallings, RN
  • Systems change: Using the Model for Improvement and PDSA Cycles
    Darren DeWalt MD and Deanna Thomas RN
  • Technology to Promote Health Literacy 

See a complete course syllabus here

This seven-session course is made possible by the Carolina Geriatric Education Center, a program funded by the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.

Thank You to Area L AHEC for CME/CEU Support

The CGEC would like to extend our gratitude and sincere thanks to Area L AHEC for their assistance in securing 20-25 hours of CME/CEU credits for this course