Innovations for Developing Low Literacy Materials to Empower Community Health Workers_Sarah Shannon_4.25.13
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  • More coming soon……More language hubsAdditional books in the HealthWikiSafe Pregnancy and Birth app in additional languages and accessible for lower end phonesHesperian titlesfor e-booksAnimated video content

Innovations for Developing Low Literacy Materials to Empower Community Health Workers_Sarah Shannon_4.25.13 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. April 26, 2013CORE Group SpringMeeting 2013CHW SessionInnovations fordeveloping low-literacy materialsto empowerCommunityHealth Workers
  • 2. Hesperian Health GuidesHesperian books have been translated into over 80languages, and are used in 221 countries.Where There Is NoDoctor, is arguably themost widely-usedpublic health manual inthe world… a text thathas meant survival forthousands in the ThirdWorld since the early1970s.”- World HealthOrganization
  • 3. 1. Start from people’s own experience2. Offer practical solutions3. Find opportunities for compassion andvalidation4. Encourage participation and action in waysthat do not depend on literacy, and thatencourage critical thinkingEmpowering communityhealth materials…
  • 4. Iconic images
  • 5. Use images to conveycontentImages can:• Make information accessible, representcomplex ideas visually• Illustrate processes, steps, materials,positions of the body, etc.• Draw attention to key informationThey also break up the space on the pageand warm up the text
  • 6. Use images to drawpeople inImages can:• Make it easier for people to relate to theinformation, feel that it reflects their ownexperiences• Highlight feelings about a topic, providehumor where needed• Enable a different, more personal voice thanthe one used in the text• Create a sense of dialogue with the reader
  • 7. What health problemsmay be caused by thiscommunity’s use ofwater?Drawings for discussion
  • 8. Technical Drawings
  • 9. Dialogue drawings encouragecritical thinking
  • 10. Instructions for Group WorkUse the handout for detailed instructions• Log in using the information on your handout• Search for an image• Place the image in your lightbox
  • 11. Other Digital ToolsTrusted Health Information OnlineImmediate online access: The HealthWiki provides content in a flexible format — well suitedfor low or intermittent networks. Easy online search by topic and across multiple languages.Download health information: Our books continue to be available for PDF download.Multilingual ResourcesContent in over 30 languages.For Mobile PhonesNow in English and Spanish! Hesperian’s award-winning Safe Pregnancy and Birth apppresents life-saving information using clear language, step-by step instructions, andillustrations.More coming soon…
  • 12. Sarah ShannonExecutive DirectorHesperian Health Guides1919 Addison StreetBerkeley, CA 845-1447sarahs@hesperian.orgContact Information