HAP Develops Video Version of Popular Health Literacy Program, Engage for Health
April 04, 2017
In an effort to expand consumer access to important health literacy information, HAP has developed a video version of its popular community education program, Engage for Health. The video program has appeared on the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s Sunday Fusion and is available on HAP’s YouTube channel.
During a presentation and unique role play exercise with a health care professional, Engage for Health helps individuals learn how to interact with their providers by asking questions to make sure they understand the information they’ve received. During an evaluation of the program across 18 sites, 92 percent of participants said the program improved their ability to prepare for medical visits and 93 percent said they were likely to discuss their concerns with their doctor.
HAP worked with its clinical staff to use its expertise in the “teach back” technique to develop a community education program that teaches individuals how to use the technique to take an active role in their care. The program was launched in October 2014 during Health Literacy Month.
With the support of Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems, the Pennsylvania Library Association, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, hundreds of Engage for Health programs have been conducted across Pennsylvania and the Middle Atlantic Region.
Information for consumers to take an active role in their care is available on HAP’s website or by watching the Engage for Health video.
HAP members can learn more about how to hold an Engage for Health program in their community on HAP’s website or contact Jennifer Collins, HAP’s director, public affairs.