Health Information Outreach Award 116: Community-Based Interventions and Partnership to Improve Health Literacy

This proposal describes Phase 2 of a two-phase health literacy program in Charlottesville, Virginia. It aligns with the NNLM and SEA's mission to help people 'make informed decisions about their health,' to promote healthy behaviors, prevent costly and debilitating illness, and improve health outcomes. Phase 1, 'Coming to the Table, Needs Assessment, and Planning,' was funded by NNLM SEA Outreach Award 73. The full report for Phase 1 is due by May 20, 2017. We can briefly report here that our goal was achieved and lays a strong foundation for Phase 2. In Phase 1, 30 individuals from 16 local organizations came together to learn about health literacy from an expert speaker, to connect with each other and strengthen partnerships, and to consider partnership on future community-based health literacy interventions. Attendee feedback was highly positive, and, more specifically, three different ideas for interventions were suggested to us immediately following the event. Phase 2, 'Community-Based Interventions' is proposed here for funding. The three organizations that have reached out to us suggest the following ideas: 1 Greater Charlottesville Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Workgroup a multi-organization effort - prenatal education for mothers and train-the-trainer education for IPO, 2 City of Charlottesville, Community 88tal Health and Wellness Coalition - reducing stigma and raising public awareness, and 3 Ronald McDonald House Charities working with pediatric hospital patients & families - self-assessment for the caregivers and families of hospitalized patients. The submission deadline for Phase 2 comes very soon after completion of Phase 1, so we have yet to explore the above ideas in detail, but we will begin immediately. Several of our intervention ideas were described in detail for Phase 1, but we remain flexible because our goal is still to design effective interventions that meet target populations' specific needs and abilities.

Project Details

Organization Name

University of Virginia

Organization Type
Academic institution
Health sciences library
Project Lead


Start Date
May 1, 2017
End Date
April 30, 2018
Funding Amount
General Public
Health care Provider
Library or Information Professional
Seniors (65+ yrs.)
Teens (13-18 yrs.)
Blacks/African Americans