Enhancing Health Literacy to Improve Community Health

July 28, 2016
9:00 am PT/ 12 noon ET
One hour duration
Member price: Free
Non-Member price: Free


Anthony Collatos, Ph.D.

Anthony Collatos, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He obtained his B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and his Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Collatos’ research interests include equity and schooling, college access pathways, urban education, critical sociology, learning communities, and urban family/education partnerships. He has served as a research associate with UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access and the University of California All Campus Consortium on Racial Diversity (UC/ACCORD). Most recently, Dr. Collatos established the Foster Youth and Family Higher Education Access Program in partnership with Pepperdine University and the Lynwood Unified School District. He consults with multiple organizations to develop projects and research to address issues of equity and opportunity for urban communities and schools.

Doug Leigh, Ph.D.

Doug Leigh, Ph.D. is a Professor of Education at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He obtained a Master of Science in Instructional Systems from Florida State University, Tallahassee and a Master of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. His research and publication interests include instructional design, quantitative and qualitative analysis, educational technology, conflict resolution, leadership, needs assessment and evaluation. Dr. Leigh has worked on the Institute for Health Advancement’s (IHA) Health Literacy Project, which is an advocacy program designed to better inform urban parents and families about critical health issues, how to assess symptoms, and when to seek proper treatment. He is a co-investigator with Dr. Collatos on The Health Literacy Project: Working to Improve the Lives of Elementary School Children, Families, and the School Community. He is a recipient of the International Society for Performance Improvement’s Award of Excellence in Communication.

Webinar Information

Too commonly, access to health information and services is limited in low-income and culturally-diverse, urban school communities.  Even when available, health information is often confusing or not applicable to parents and caregivers. This webinar will discuss the results of a case study focused on the Institute for Health Advancement’s (IHA) What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick health literacy text and advocacy program designed to inform parents and families about critical health issues, how to assess symptoms, and when to seek proper treatment. Specifically, this study examined using health literacy to empower parents to assist their families toward health and wellness, to improve access to care, to minimize unnecessary student absences, and to maximize opportunities for a healthy environment for elementary school-aged children.  This study examined the experiences and outcomes among parents of students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. In addition to participating parents, data were collected from principals, community liaisons, school nurses, and teachers.

This webinar has implications for community benefit as it will discuss how access to health literacy impacts the lives of elementary students and their families. Incorporating health literacy into parent support services and education can improve the health of their families, reduce unnecessary ER visits, decrease student absenteeism and caregiver missed work, and improve health self-efficacy.


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