Healing Health Literacy at Two Urban Low-Income Clinics
2017 Grant Recipient
Limited health literacy is a modifiable barrier to high quality care. Marquette University PA Program, the 2017 Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care recipient, implemented and evaluated the health literacy curriculum “HEAL” at two urban clinics serving low-income adults in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. PA faculty provided instruction and counseling on how to communicate about symptoms, diagnoses and treatment; how to interpret medical terminology and forms; and when to seek care at an emergency room. Forty course participants demonstrated gains in confidence of topic knowledge, although results were not statistically significant. However, all participants reported a high degree of satisfaction; and changes in health behaviors were observed. The project also impacted Marquette PA students and the medical staff at both clinics, more than 150 individuals, by increasing their awareness and providing training on how to address low health literacy among their patients. The grantees presented this initiative at the Wisconsin Academy of PAs conference and an abstract has been accepted for the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities conference.
Read more about their efforts here.
Texting for Mental Health: A Case Management Approach
2016 Grant Recipient
Cynthia Bunde, MPAS, PA-C, of the Pocatello Free Clinic was the inaugural grantee. Her unique pilot program, Texting for Mental Health: A Case Management Approach, used texting as the foundation of case management for uninsured patients with mental health diagnoses. The PA-led program also utilized interdisciplinary partnerships including physician assistant, pharmacy, and social work students to deliver services in an underserved setting. Participants completed questionnaires regarding mood rating and perceived ability to manage their condition prior to and after completing a 12-week intervention. No-show rate was also evaluated. For all three indicators, participants showed a statistically significant improvement in factors related to mental health.
Read more about her efforts here.