If Kentuckys health picture is to improve over the long term, improving the health literacy of all citizens will be key. The CommonHealth of Kentucky concludes with a look at various school- and community-based efforts focused on health education and lifelong wellness:
Health Access Nurturing Development Services is a voluntary home visitation program for first-time parents. HANDS outreach staffers help the new parents build on their own strengths and values to improve their childrens health and development.
The Lewis County Primary Care Center offers a wide array of services, including family health, dental, rehabilitation, and fitness clinics in Vanceburg as well as a system of clinics in each of the Lewis County public schools. The center provides a full range of primary care, from prenatal services to geriatrics, and from mental health to cardiology, optometry, and much more.
The LaRue County Coordinated School Health Initiative reaches both students and their families with health education and prevention efforts. The initiative emphasizes fitness and nutrition, particularly targeting obesity.
Over the course of six weeks, participants in the Living Well Workshops: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in Louisville learn how proper diet, exercise, and meditation can help them deal with chronic conditions. The free workshops also encourage the development of healthy habits for a lifetime of better health.
In Lexington, the Promotores de Salud (Promoters of Health) project is reaching out to the areas growing Spanish-speaking population.
Kentucky Homeplace, based in Hazard, helps people navigate the often hard-to-understand health care system and learn about the wide range of services that are available to them.
And across Kentucky, the Council of State Governments is working to improve health literacy among a diverse range of communities.