Understanding How Health Literacy Can Impact Engagement, Treatment, and Retention in Care
The In It Together Training of Trainers (ToT) curriculum is designed to increase understanding of how health literacy can impact engagement, treatment, and retention in care. The foundation of the curriculum is the belief that health literacy is a universal concern. When individuals and organizations use health literate tools and techniques, they create a safe and caring environment that encourages black MSM to seek treatment and stay in care. HIV health care professionals that practice health literate communication, and consider health literacy needs when designing services and materials, create an inclusive and stigma-free care environment.
Each of the ToT modules covers a health literacy area in detail and take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
The curriculum is designed to be delivered in a classroom setting to a group of people. But each ToT module can also be used as a tool for individuals to increase their understanding of health literacy.
The curriculum was not designed for a self-directed, online learning platform.
1. Introduction to Health Literacy
Participants will better understand the importance of health literacy and the significant effect limited health literacy has on health.
- Describe your role as an In It Together health literacy trainer
- Explain the importance of health literacy
- Discuss the effect of health literacy on health outcomes
- Recognize indicators of limited health literacy
2. Social and Contextual Factors That Impact Health Literacy for Black MSM
Participants will increase their understanding of social and contextual factors - including culture - that impact HIV health literacy.
- Discuss the cultural, social, and environmental factors that can impact health literacy for Black gay, bisexual, and same gender loving men
- Describe three strategies to promote health literacy through implementation of culturally appropriate strategies
3. Face to Face Communications
Participants will learn strategies to effectively communicate with clients in face-to-face interactions
- Frame conversations using the Ask Me 3™ approach
- Use the Teach-back method to confirm client comprehension
- State 3 general strategies for clear communication
4. Written Communication
Participants will increase their awareness of strategies to improve delivery of written information
- Explain how written material can be used to address health literacy
- Identify at least 3 factors to consider when developing or selecting written material
- Identify at least 2 strategies that make prescriptions instructions easier to understand
- Understand the components of eHealth literacy
- Describe 3 strategies to improve online communications
5. Creating Health Literate Organizations
Participants will increase their awareness of the attributes of health literate organizations.
- Define a health literate health care organization
- Explain why health literate organizations are important to Black MSM
- Recall at least 3 attributes of a health literate organization and describe activities that support the attributes
- Explain one or more goals of a health literate organization
6. Conducting the In It Together Community Health Literacy Training
Participants will be able to deliver a 60-minute health literacy training to community organizations.
- Be able to present the Community Health Literacy Training
- Know how to schedule trainings
- Know what materials are available to supplement the Community Training