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Action on Health Literacy and Diabetes: Engaging Target Populations
The Healthy City Partnership has recently commissioned a health literacy project to support individuals to enable them to better understand health information and to navigate the system more effectively. This project will initially focus on diabetes management, with an intention to transfer key learning to other long term health conditions.
Two specific groups will be prioritised:
• Young men under 25 years of age
• South Asian men
This project adopts an action research framework involving a multi-method research approach:
• Desk-based research and mapping of existing services
• Measurement of current health literacy levels using the TOFHLA-UK
• Semi-structured interviews with healthcare professionals
• Photovoice with service-users
• World Cafe forum with key stakeholders
A pilot intervention will be designed and implemented based on the insights gained from the research. This intervention will aim to enhance the health literacy skills of its recipients and also to provide them with opportunities to cascade learning to the wider community and to act as mentors or champions. The intervention will be evaluated using quantitative and qualitative approaches.  A photo exhibition will be organised at the end of the project to generate wider awareness and facilitate advocacy for change.
For more information, contact:
Dr Emee Vida Estacio
School of Psychology
Keele University
ST5 5BG
Tel: 01782 33332
Email: e.v.g.estacio@psy.keele.ac.uk
 

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