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Parental Literacy and Infant Health: An Evidence-Based Healthy Start Intervention

Levandowski, Brooke A. and Sharma, Priya and Lane, Sandra D. and Webster, Noah and Nestor, Amanda M. and Cibula, Donald A. and Huntington, Sally (2006) Parental Literacy and Infant Health: An Evidence-Based Healthy Start Intervention. Health Promotion Practice, 7 (1). pp. 95-102.

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Syracuse Healthy Start, a federally funded infant mortality prevention project in Onondaga County, New York, has undertaken a range of interventions to address parental low literacy as a risk factor for infant mortality. A growing number of studies advocate for health-related information that is easy to read, of a low literacy level, and culturally appropriate. Creation of an evidence-based public health intervention involves analyzing local data, reviewing published studies, assessing available materials, initiating programmatic interventions, and evaluating the outcomes. Preparing health educational materials that are clear, culturally sensitive, and at appropriate reading levels follows Paulo Freire’s lead in empowering the disadvantaged to positively affect their health and the health of their infants toward the reduction of infant mortality.

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Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: community-based health promotion; Healthy Start Program; health literacy
Subjects: Health > Prenatal & Pediatric Health
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors
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Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 26 May 2011 10:47
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1052

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