This is Health Education Week sponsored by Society for Public Health Education. The theme is Adolescent Health. We take this opportunity to applaud the teens in our studies on maternal health literacy.
A study from the Center for Health Literacy Promotion and University of Washington reported in the September 2012 edition ofMaternal Child Health Journal found that pregnant and parenting teens participating in home visitation programs started at a significant disadvantage on almost every indicator of maternal health literacy, that is, ability to use information and services in ways that maintain or enhance health. And the teens made gains in the first six months of home visiting to nearly catch up with their more experienced counterparts. With support and education they became empowered as managers of personal and child health and healthcare. In so doing, they planted the seeds for a healthy adulthood for themselves and their babies.