RWA 2013 Posters

HealthED Project:Creating a Health Education Intervention for Diverse Communities

Ann Anaebere, RN, PhD, HealthED Project

The HealthED Project is a professional and educational speaker service that seeks to provide professional mentorship in nursing and health education to diverse populations. Health education topics include HIV/AIDS, hypertension, diabetes, obesity prevention, nutrition & safety education for diverse populations. Additionally, our speaker seeks to touch on the complex social, cultural and faith-based issues surrounding these educational topics. The HealthED project speaker is available to speak at a variety of events. Furthermore, by seeking to target the most vulnerable populations The Health ED Project speaker seeks to provide health education at homeless and transitional shelters, churches, schools, correctional facilities, domestic violence shelters, libraries, food pantries and substance abuse rehabilitation centers. We believe that some of the most effective forms of learning can occur outside of the classroom and in the community. Key words: Health Education, Speaker Services, Diverse Communities

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Literacy & At-Home Daycare Providers: A Cross-Disciplinary Service-Learning Project

Bridget Brace-MacDonald, Medaille College

In the Spring 2013 semester at Medaille College, students in a graduate Literacy course collaborated with undergraduate students in a video production course to write, act in, and produce a DVD featuring an overview and demonstrations of best-practice literacy techniques. The Program Director for Master’s degree in Literacy and the Chair of the Communication Department worked closely with the Center for Community-Based Learning to coordinate the logistics of the project. The video concept was the result of meetings with the local Office of Children & Family Services, an organization that had approached the Center for Community-Based Learning with a need for literacy information to be distributed to licensed, at-home daycare provides. Upon completion of the video, the OCFS will distribute copies of the DVD to at-home daycare providers via their training network, and share the DVD state-wide.

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Introducing the Adolescent Literacy Ning

Kathryn Caprino, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This virtual presentation in the form of a PowerPoint will introduce conference participants to a new Ning that has just been started to create a space for teachers, researchers, and policy makers to discuss adolescents and literacy: the Adolescent Literacy Ning. Professor Leigh Hall and several graduate students are working on the Ning.

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The Benefits of Early Literacy Intervention

Lashenna Gaines, Converse College

If schools are to close the academic gap in literacy, there must be instructional support for students implemented early in their academic career that is specific to their learning needs and that address the deficiencies that they may have with literacy skills. Early childhood literacy provides students with the essential skills needed to fully develop reading skills that can be applied across contexts and grade levels.

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Critical Race Theory examined through Counter Storytelling: Implications for Instruction

Dorian Johnson, Middle Tennessee State University

Stories and narratives recount events in people’s lives which also tell about the social structure from whence they came. The use of narrative writing and reading in the classroom also has key implications. The use of counter-narratives to help students evaluate and reposition themselves has implications for marginalized groups who don’t see themselves in certain arenas. This presentation will analyze the use of counter narratives within the classroom and how critical race theory has applications within educational research.

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Promoting Health Literacy to Reduce Health Disparities

Lana Zinger, Queensborough Community College

The prevalence of health disparities has increased among minority groups largely because they lack critical information about their risk for the disease, management and self-care. This educational initiative will provide access to high quality information about disease prevention not normally available to the greater a minority community. The participants will be empowered with knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about lifestyle changes that can prevent or control diseases caused by health disparities, which will ultimately reduce the burden on individuals, families, communities and the healthcare system.

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