NICHD STRIVE for Change

Scaling up health-literacy programming and award community partnership development phases

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Which type of scalable interventions are effective in promoting health literacy and what steps can the institute take to ensure that this type of research is not only funded but also disseminated and translated so it can be scaled up? Health education programs across K-12 settings could be better leveraged to teach children (and families by proxy) about environmental toxins and how to avoid them or mitigate their impact in the home, nutrition, how to select and cook healthy meals for different budgets, and ways to get in exercise that is engaging, low cost, and feasible across a wide-range of environments.

3. What are the best opportunities to broaden community engagement in the research process?

Funding opportunities could focus more on ways to promote child and parent health literacy and embed stipulations into the awards that require scholars to develop comprehensive dissemination and implementation plans, such as through establishing partnerships with schools or health care institutions. These partnerships take time, so extended award timescales to allow for funding to support a partnership development period (in years 1-2), could allow a wider range of scholars to start doing more of this translational work.

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