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About In It Together: National Health Literacy Project for Black MSM

Developing Health Literate Organizations and Promoting Health Literacy as a Component of Culturally Appropriate Service Delivery

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In It Together: National Health Literacy Project for Black MSM is a health literacy training initiative for healthcare professionals serving Black/African American Men who have Sex with Men (MSM). In It Together is designed to increase health professionals’ understanding and use of health literacy strategies and approaches to positively impact engagement and retention in HIV care and treatment.

In It Together trains HIV leaders from highly affected communities to become health literacy trainers. Trainers begin by participating in an online health literacy Training-of-Trainers. Once their training is complete, the In It Together trainers provide in-person training to individual health professionals and health care organizations that serve Black MSM, helping them to incorporate health literacy tools and techniques into their conversations and services.

In It Together is a project of the ACE TA Center.

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Tell me more about the In It Together project.

In It Together trains HIV leaders from highly affected communities to become health literacy trainers. Trainers begin by participating in an online health literacy Training-of-Trainers. Once their training is complete, the In It Together trainers provide in-person training to individual health professionals and health care organizations that serve Black MSM, helping them to incorporate health literacy tools and techniques into their conversations and services.

What will I learn from the In It Together trainings?

In It Together trainings emphasize health literacy methods that can be used by health professionals to communicate to clients the importance of engagement and retention in HIV care and treatment. The Training of Trainers (ToT) curriculum addresses many situations or conditions where individual or organizational action can improve clients’ understanding and build the health literacy of black MSM. Topics such as stigma and discrimination, attributes of health literate organizations, inclusive decision making, verbal communication, written materials, technology use, and approaches to confirm understanding are all explored.

Where are In It Together trainings being offered?

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Trainers from 34 communities in 25 states are currently delivering health literacy training to health organizations in their community. In It Together trainers are working in the following states and communities: AL (Birmingham), AR (Little Rock), CA (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland), CT (Hartford), DC (Washington), FL (Miami), GA (Atlanta), IL (Chicago), IN (Indianapolis), LA (Baton Rouge, New Orleans), MD (Baltimore), MI (Detroit), MN (Minneapolis), MO (Kansas City, St. Louis), MS (Jackson), NC (Charlotte, Raleigh), NJ (Jersey City, Newark), NY (New York City), OH (Cleveland), PA (Philadelphia), SC (Columbia), TN (Memphis), TX (Houston), VA (Norfolk, Richmond), WI (Milwaukee).

What if there isn't a trainer in my community?

Contact us by clicking the Request a Training button located above.  Many of our trainers are mobile, so we may have a trainer coming to your area soon. Or you can consider becoming a trainer for your community!

All the In It Together training material is available on this site for any individual or organization to download and use.

The 60-minute Community Training is designed to help health professionals understand how limited health literacy affects the health of their clients. This training helps health professionals to recognize indications that their clients are experiencing limited health literacy, apply health literate approaches to improve their communication with their clients, and identify steps their organization can take to promote health literacy and delivery health literate HIV services. Health professionals also can use any of the six (6) modules in the Training of Trainers (ToT) curriculum to gain deeper understanding of specific aspects of health literate HIV care.

 

 

Does In It Together offer anything besides training?

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Yes. In addition to training material, In It Together provide booklets and posters designed to encourage health literate conversations between health professionals and people living with HIV/AIDS.