HealthLit4Kids study protocol; crossing boundaries for positive health literacy outcomes

Nash, Rose, Elmer, Shandell, Thomas, Katy, Osborne, Richard, MacIntyre, Kate, Shelley, Becky, Murray, Linda, Harpur, Siobhan and Webb, Diane 2018, HealthLit4Kids study protocol; crossing boundaries for positive health literacy outcomes, BMC public health, vol. 18, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5558-7.

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Title HealthLit4Kids study protocol; crossing boundaries for positive health literacy outcomes
Author(s) Nash, Rose
Elmer, Shandell
Thomas, Katy
Osborne, RichardORCID iD for Osborne, Richard
MacIntyre, Kate
Shelley, Becky
Murray, Linda
Harpur, Siobhan
Webb, Diane
Journal name BMC public health
Volume number 18
Article ID 690
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2018-06
ISSN 1471-2458
Keyword(s) Children
Health literacy
Health promotion
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Summary BACKGROUND: Health attitudes and behaviours formed during childhood greatly influence adult health patterns. This paper describes the research and development protocol for a school-based health literacy program. The program, entitled HealthLit4Kids, provides teachers with the resources and supports them to explore the concept of health literacy within their school community, through classroom activities and family and community engagement. METHODS: HealthLit4Kids is a sequential mixed methods design involving convenience sampling and pre and post intervention measures from multiple sources. Data sources include individual teacher health literacy knowledge, skills and experience; health literacy responsiveness of the school environment (HeLLO Tas); focus groups (parents and teachers); teacher reflections; workshop data and evaluations; and children's health literacy artefacts and descriptions. The HealthLit4Kids protocol draws explicitly on the eight Ophelia principles: outcomes focused, equity driven, co-designed, needs-diagnostic, driven by local wisdom, sustainable, responsive, systematically applied. By influencing on two levels: (1) whole school community; and (2) individual classroom, the HealthLit4Kids program ensures a holistic approach to health literacy, raised awareness of its importance and provides a deeper exploration of health literacy in the school environment. The school-wide health literacy assessment and resultant action plan generates the annual health literacy targets for each participating school. DISCUSSION: Health promotion cannot be meaningfully achieved in isolation from health literacy. Whilst health promotion activities are common in the school environment, health literacy is not a familiar concept. HealthLit4Kids recognizes that a one-size fits all approach seldom works to address health literacy. Long-term health outcomes are reliant on embedded, locally owned and co-designed programs which respond to local health and health literacy needs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12889-018-5558-7
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
1117 Public Health And Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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