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Health Literacy: Frequently Asked Questions
You can download a copy of our Health Literacy, Frequently Asked Questions
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CHLF were awarded funds to deliver healthy cooking sessions
CHLF were awarded 9,644 to deliver 10 x 6 week healthy cooking sessions to people with low levels of health literacy, from deprived communities in Leicestershire, i.e. those known to experience significantly worse health outcomes.
Find out more here.
Cook and Eat Well in Coventry
You can download a copy of the Cook and Eat Well in Coventry Impact report
Download the report here.
Julia Bell’s Article published in the PIF Aware newsletter
Julia Bell’s Article published in the PIF Aware newsletter, about simplifying information for breast cancer care, references the CHL Foundation.
Read the article here.
How do people with low levels of health literacy prefer to receive information?
This review has been commissioned by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust (JCCT) as part of a work stream which aims to encourage women from Black and Minority Ethnic communities to take part in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. Read the full review here.
Health Literacy – the agenda we cannot afford to ignore
A joint briefing from the Community Health & Learning Foundation and the Health Literacy Group UK. Click here to review the full briefing.
Skilled For Health - Free workshop invitation
Using USEFUL Health Information in your day to day work This workshop would be helpful for people working with individuals and communities, where there are opportunities to help people with “soft” health advice. Open to all, the workshop will be of particular benefit to those in learning or front-line roles e.g. case workers, advice givers, trainers, facilitators and development workers.

Thursday 5th November 9.30-4.00pm

You can find out more by clicking here.
The Healthy Early Years (HEY!) course
The Healthy Early Years (HEY!) course is delivered by the Community Health and Learning Foundation and funded by Danone Nutricia. It is a Health Literacy intervention which targets parents in early years settings (ie those with children aged 1 to 3) who live in deprived communities. The HEY! course covers healthy eating, shopping on a budget and cooking from scratch. Parental feedback has shown us that they value and enjoy participating in this programme. It has just been externally evaluated.

Among the key findings from the evaluation are that:-
         98% of parents know how to eat and drink healthily – compared with 66% at the start of the course;
         93% said they know how to exercise – up from 77% at the start;
         96% of parents know how much of each type of food they should eat to have a healthy, balanced diet – three times more than at the beginning.

In addition the evaluators concluded that: “… the Danone HEY! course is having a significant and sustained impact on healthy eating and healthy lifestyles for parents and their young children. This impact is largely due to the design of HEY! and the resources in place for the delivery of HEY! - which children’s centres, tutors and parents have greeted enthusiastically.” Shared Intelligence, July 2015

You can download the full report and the summary report.
Skilled for Health Evaluation Findings Still Relevant Today
Skilled for Health Evaluation Findings Still Relevant Today - click here to read the report.
CHLF Credited in New Prostate Cancer UK Easy Read Booklet
Following our work testing out information about the Prostate and Prostate Cancer with people with low Health Literacy, Prostate Cancer UK have produced a new Easy Read Booklet. It is called ‘Find out about your Prostate’ and has been written at a level which is easy to understand for people with lower Health Literacy levels. To read or download the booklet, which contains very important and useful information about Prostate health, go to http://bit.ly/19CmGjr.
HEY! Programme cited
We were delighted that the HEY! programme which we co-created with Danone Early Life Nutrition was recently cited as an example of good practice in  the new Guardian Quarterly supplement - mini-kin. The accompanying article highlighted the importance of ensuring that children aged 0-2 get a healthy start in life and noted that many healthy eating and  physical activities are based in school settings which means there is a gap in programmes for those aged 0-5.
We are delighted that HEY! is  contributing to filling that gap. To read the full article please click here.
CHLF acknowledged in Prostate Cancer UK Easy Read Booklet
CHLF convened two focus groups in 2013 to feedback to Prostate Cancer UK whether the information contained within their existing publication about the Prostate was easy to understand. Following feedback from the focus groups (and other sources) Prostate Cancer UK have made considerable changes to their booklet.

It now uses much more accessible language and is therefore likely to be very useful to people with lower levels of Health Literacy. CHLF is proud to have been part of the work which has resulted in the new booklet. To download it please click here.
Breast Health Information
Breast Cancer Care commissioned the CHLF to test breast health information on people with lower levels of health literacy.

The CHLF tested three resources with 11 focus groups in England and Scotland attended by 95 people. Here are some of the main things we learnt:

People were pleased we were asking their views and valued being offered breast risk and breast awareness information. However, problems arose for people where we:
- used ambiguous words such as constantly, regularly
- gave information, particularly about risk, in numbers and percentages
- explained something by using medical terminology
- assumed that diagrams would convey meaning more clearly than words or numbers.

We also discovered that some important and long-standing messages about checking your breasts were not being understood and acted on.

Breast Cancer Care is now reviewing the resources tested in the light of the findings, and using this insight to inform other patient information developments.

Both organisations believe that if we can make patient information more accessible to people with lower health literacy levels, it will improve accessibility for everyone.

For the full report please click here or for more information please contact Jonathan Berry on jonathan.berry@chlfoundation.org.uk    
An overview of health Literacy for Adult Learning Practitioners: RaPAL journal volume 83, summer 2014, Health Literacies, Partnerships and Workplaces
This article was produced following Jonathan Berry’s workshop at this year’s RaPAL conference which took “literacies” as its theme. Jonathan explored the contribution that adult learning can make to health literacy and health improvement and wondered if the opportunities afforded by the transfer of Public Health into local authorities were being fully exploited yet.
In view of the recent publicity about the need for further investment in the NHS, this article which highlights the ill-health prevention role that adult learning can play is very timely – particularly in view of the fact that health is going to be a major priority for all political parties in the run up to the next general election.

To access the article (and the entire conference journal) please go to http://content.yudu.com/A35qdj/Vol83/ .
For more information about RaPAL please go to http://rapal.org.uk/  
 
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