Health Program

 Health Literacy

Understanding health information. For patients, it means being able to follow instructions from a doctor, nurse or pharmacist; manage a chronic illness; and/or take medication properly. For health care practitioners, it is about helping patients understand and act on health care information. "The goal of the Health Literacy initiative is to increase health literacy and awareness about different diseases, and to promote health and prevention of chronic diseases. It is estimated that over half of all Americans are impacted by health literacy difficulties, which include problems communicating with their medical provider, reading and following instructions on their medicine bottles, or completing medical and insurance paperwork.

 

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Health Literacy (HL) Project will be conducted under the supervision of the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation. The activities of the EPCC Health Literacy Project, include the draft of Best Practices Model for the community, the provision of health literacy and cultural competency training in health for medical and health care professionals, and the training of youth and schools for health education topics through our Community Health Workers to help those who have no access to health care or are uninsured or under-insured to learn how to protect themselves and their families in a community where chronic diseases such as Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and substance abuse are rampant.

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The purpose of EPCC Health Occupations Literacy Project is to try and draft a “Best-Practice Model” for the community, to provide health literacy, cultural competency training in health for medical and health care professionals, and to train youth and schools for health education topics through our Community Health Workers."

 

"The greatest wealth is health." Virgil