A 2003 study revealed that only 1 in 10 Americans had proficiency with understanding health information. With healthcare access and internet connectivity issues, rural populations further struggle with just finding health information in the first place. Health education stories in local newspapers can offer solutions to these rural issues since surveys show that over 85 percent of rural residents get a weekly newspaper.
The Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) project provides health profession students with a unique opportunity: writing plain language health education stories based on topics from the community needs assessments or a clinical experience for publication in a rural newspaper.
This experience exposes students to the concepts of health literacy, plain language writing principles, and exploration of public health data. A leadership experience is also integrated into the experience as students are expected to interact with the local newspaper leadership in order to get their stories published.
Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify informational sources and potential topics for student-led writing activities
- Create a mechanism to connect students with a writing expert for editing
- Identify opportunities to make students aware of the TRHE opportunity