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  1. 1. Health Literacy as a Personal Asset: The Circle of Health as a Collaborative Tool <ul><li>Philip Girvan </li></ul><ul><li>StFX University </li></ul><ul><li>Atlantic Summer Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Charlottetown, PE </li></ul><ul><li>August 20, 2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Presentation Objectives: <ul><li>Discuss the two emerging models of health literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Explore using the Circle of Health© (1996) as a practical, hands-on tool, to promote health literacy. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Expert panel on health literacy's definition of health literacy (CPHA, 2008) <ul><li>The ability to access, understand, evaluate, and communicate information as a way to promote, maintain and improve health in a number of settings across the life-course. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Background <ul><li>>60% of Canadians do not have “the skills necessary to manage their own health to an acceptable degree” (Canadian Council on Learning, 2007). </li></ul><ul><li>The elderly, the unemployed, and immigrants have been identified as particularly vulnerable to health literacy issues (Canadian Council on Learning, 2008). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Health literacy as a clinical risk Nutbeam 2008: 2074
  6. 6. Health literacy as a personal asset Nutbeam, 2008: 2076
  7. 7. Methods <ul><li>One on one semi-structured interviews with 3 English as an Additional Language teachers </li></ul>
  8. 8. Findings <ul><li>Teachers who defined health in terms of wellbeing defined health literacy in terms akin to Nutbeam’s personal asset model. </li></ul><ul><li>Those teachers felt they had a role in developing students’ health literacy. Others did not. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Health literacy as a personal asset <ul><li>the ‘asset’ concept lends itself to a broader application outside of health care settings for example into schools, adult learning, and community development programs (Nutbeam, 2008). </li></ul>
  10. 10. Implications of interpreting health literacy as a personal asset <ul><li>Health literacy transcends the individual. </li></ul><ul><li>Health literacy also transcends the clinical encounter. </li></ul><ul><li>Individual and systems barriers affecting health literacy. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Expert Panel noted the following systems barriers <ul><ul><li>lack of affordable English/French as an Additional Language programs and community-based literacy upgrading programs;  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>inadequate workplace training and education;  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>confusing or conflicting health information from the media and the Internet;  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>complex health systems; and,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lack of awareness and knowledge about health literacy among health and literacy professionals. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Circle of Health© (1996) <ul><li>Can stimulate discussion regarding how the social determinants of health interact and intersect to influence health. </li></ul><ul><li>Learners cooperate & collaborate to develop critical health literacy skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Valuable for curriculum design & lesson planning. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Circle of Health© (1996)
  14. 14. References <ul><li>Canadian Council on Learning. Health Literacy in Canada: Initial Results From the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey . Ottawa, ON. 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Council of Learning. Health Literacy in Canada: A Healthy Understanding 2008 . Ottawa. Ottawa, ON. 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>The Circle of Health. PEI Health and Community Services Agency. © 1996, All Rights Reserved. </li></ul><ul><li>Nutbeam, D.  “The Evolving Concept of Health Literacy”.  Social Science & Medicine 67.  2008.  2072-2078. </li></ul><ul><li>Rootman, I. & Gordon-El-Bihbety, D. A Vision for a Health Literate Canada: Report of the Expert Panel on Health Literacy .  Canadian Public Health Association. 2008. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Contact information <ul><li>[email_address]   </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  16. 16. Thanks <ul><li>This presentation opportunity would be impossible without the support of the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health, St. Francis Xavier University, and the organizers of the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks to them and thanks to you. </li></ul>