Cultural Awareness and Health Literacy Level

For this Discussion, you will analyze a health-related scenario to determine how differences in health literacy levels may affect the success of a public health outreach program. In addition, you will consider the appropriateness of the outreach material from a cultural awareness standpoint, and how you might apply the lessons learned from the scenario to improve additional outreach efforts.

With these thoughts in mind:

Consider the following scenario:

  • You are a public health or healthcare administration professional charged with implementing a new outreach program for colorectal cancer in an urban population. You are handed materials and protocols used in a previous outreach program targeting college-educated white adults. Be sure to take into account health literacy levels in your Discussion.

Submit a 3- to 4-paragraph post that includes the following:

  • Explain how differences in health literacy levels may affect the success of your outreach program.
  • Next, using the concept of culturally competent care covered in this week’s Learning Resources, identify two ways in which the outreach material or protocols may not be appropriate for your population.
  • What lessons can you take from this experience with colorectal outreach efforts, and how might you apply these lessons to improving breast cancer screening?
      Refer to the Hasnain, Menon, Ferrans, and Szalacha (2014) article found in this week’s Learning Resources.
 
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