Thursday, December 10, 2009

AoH Volunteer Discusses HIV and Life-Skills Science

Volunteer Karyn Pomerantz, from the GWU School of Public Health and Health Services, teaches a course on life skills science at AoH. She is dedicated to drawing the connection between low-literacy, injustice, and poor access to health information and healthcare.

In a recent post on the DC LEARN's Literacy Blog she describes some of the misconceptions her students had about health and disease, due to lack of access to information and the skills needed to distinguish good information.  She also mentions some of the outcomes of their discussions:
We spent a few sessions talking about preventive screenings...  One student visited his doctor with the list of screenings recommended for him and asked his doctor to schedule them.  The doctor stared at him in surprise, probably not expecting that he would even know what to request!  Yet, the doctor promised to schedule the tests in the future.

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