Grant Application - Outreach

The Building Adolescent Skills in Health Literacy and Public Health Advocacy program aims to protect and improve the health of the adolescent population as it relates to the widespread misinformation surrounding diet pills, weight loss supplements, and muscle-building supplements on social media platforms popular with youth. Using a train-the-trainer approach, the program will provide adolescents with the opportunity to learn about and teach educational content to their peers on how to use digital health literacy skills to debunk baseless social media claims related to these dangerous products. Partnering with youth has the potential to amplify scientific findings and intervention approaches that currently are largely housed in clinical or public health settings not accessed by youth. Foundations of media literacy, health literacy, and content creation will be taught, incorporating the youth voice in all aspects of the program.


Lead Organization: Boston Children’s Hospital
Project Lead: Boston Children’s Hospital
Project Lead: Jill Kavanaugh


Age Group: Teens (13-18 yrs.), Adults (19-64 yrs.)
Sexual & Gender Minorities: Women
Geographic Type: International, Suburban, Urban
Issues & Interests: Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations
Race & Ethnicity: Alaska Natives, American Indians, Asians/Asian Americans, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latin Americans, Native Hawaiians, Other Pacific Islanders
Roles of Participants Project is Intended to Serve: General Public, Public Health Professional, Student - K-12

Award Details

Funding Source: Region 7
Project Category: Outreach
Period of Performance: May 1, 2023 - Apr 30, 2024
Project Status: Awarded

Project Funding

Federal Fiscal Year 2023: $20,000