Health Literacy Partnership Model

model_viewThe Joseph and Lauretta Freeman Foundation has for 5 years been developing a model approach that could have a measurable impact on the health literacy (as defined by dept. of HHS as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions) of rural and urban underserved residents in Alabama. The model is composed of 4 components and a qualitative ”measurement of impact” component. The first stage of the foundations approach is to provide local community screening activities, specifically screening for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. We also will provide, collaboratively with other local agencies, information and training on nutrition, life style modifications and information about where to get access to good healthy local food. We have on the foundation’s board of directors a board certified Pharm.D. with a medication therapy certification, who will provide professional consultation on medication therapy and potential drug interactions to health fair participants. The final component of the model involves having members of our board and other volunteers act as surrogates to individuals needing medical assistance and may be overwhelmed and or unfamiliar with medical terminology and may desire an individual to accompany him or her to the health care provider to ask questions or interpret information provided by their healthcare system or providers.

The foundation has found that the combination of these services appear to have had a measurable impact on literacy rates within these communities. Patients become more confident in dealing with the health care system and health care providers when they develop an understanding of the system and trust in those helping them to understand the processes and challenges of managing their health care.

The foundation seeks to continue using and enhancing this model as the results of our health fairs might dictate. We encourage your on-going support through contributions and volunteering for our health fairs.

The Joseph and Lauretta Freeman Foundation

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3209
Hampton, VA 23663
(5048 County Road 12
Fayette, Ala. 35555)
617-834-5935 (mobile)

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The Directors:

Clancie Wilson, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Founder

Michael Leven, M.D.
Director and Board Chair

Stella McCollum

Marvin Wilson, MM, CMC
Program Director

Alexander Wilson, Pharm.D.
Medication Management Advisor

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