AoU Community Engagement 261 - Project HEAL Health Empowerment and Literacy

Project HEAL will combine health literacy with English language instruction at the Trident Literacy Association TLA in Charleston, SC. TLA has provided comprehensive literacy programs, GED preparation, English as a Second Language ESL, Computer Basics, WorkKeys and Civics and Citizenship programming since 1972. Incorporating health literacy into the existing program provides a unique opportunity for students. TLA uses the South Carolina Adult ESL Handbook and ESL Scope and Sequence South Carolina Adult Education standards. The project aims to utilize technology with ESL students to teach the skills needed to access reliable health information and empower students to make informed decisions about their individual and family health. With the primary goal of supporting the mission of NLM, the curriculum will utilize NLM products, Research program and the local Hands on Health-SC resources as primary sources for health information needs. MUSC Library staff will conduct 12 weekly two hours, two classes per day training designed to enhance skills and empower students. Upon completion of the 12 weekly sessions, students will attend a mini-health fair conducted on site to practice skills and receive services.

Project Details

Organization Name

Medical University of South Carolina

Organization Type
Academic institution
All of Us
Health sciences library
Project Lead


South Carolina
Start Date
May 1, 2018
End Date
April 30, 2019
Funding Amount
General Public
Seniors (65+ yrs.)
Hispanics/Latin Americans