Center for Health Literacy Promotion - Action research for effective use of health info & services
 The Center for Health Literacy Promotion
 Sandra Smith, MPH, PhD, Director
 
The Center for Health Literacy Promotion is directed by Sandra Smith, MPH, PhD. The Center grew out of her decades of work on developing and testing  CLAMs – easy-to-read culturally and linguistically appropriate health education materials.
 
New Directions in Health Literacy Research & Intervention
Through the Center for Health Literacy Promotion, Dr. Smith is leading ground breaking research on health literacy as a personal and community asset that can be developed through health promotion efforts and measured as health functioning. She derived the Healthcare Literacy Scale and the Selfcare Literacy Scale from the Life Skills Progression instrument to measure changes over time in maternal health literacy, meaning use of health information and services to regain, maintain and promote health.
 
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Sandra Smith, MPH, PhD



Dr.Smith is a national expert and frequent speaker, author and trainer on promoting and measuring health literacy as a personal and community asset.  She earned a Masters in Public Health at University of Washington and is a certified health education specialist.  She earned a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (social policy and leadership) at Union Institute and University. Her current research, funded by National Library of Medicine through University of Washington, addresses home visitation as an avenue to promote health literacy in parents, and links between parental health literacy, depression and child development. She also is working with Parents as Teachers and the Missouri Foundation for Health on a 2-year project to demonstrate practices to develop parents’ reflective skills as the foundation for both responsive parenting and health literacy.

Her work has been recognized recently by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Commission for Quality Assurance as a Quality Innovation, and by the Health Literacy Annual Research Conference, Association of Maternal Child Health Programs, American College of Physicians, and National Library of Medicine Round Table on Health Literacy.  Dr. Smith is author of chapters on health literacy in three behavioral and social sciences text books.  She is author of the Beginnings Guides to pregnancy and early parenting which have been used nationally by maternity care providers, insurance plans and home visiting programs since 1989, and which are a model for health literacy promoting materials for Medicaid beneficiaries.  She is a mother, grandmother and foster parent living in Seattle.
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Milestones leading to the Center for Health Literacy Promotion
 

Beginnings Guides website for Pregnancy and Parent education materials and training to promote Health Literacy & Reflective Practice
 
The Artwork: Reflective Drawings by Laurel Burch 
 
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