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Youth Engagement and Health Literacy

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Alysh Lynch

on 3 May 2013

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Youth Engagement Alysh Lynch & Jaclyn Watson Youth Engagement & Health Literacy:
Who and How Youth Engagement-When youth and adults work together to meet their needs and goals as equitable partners Not utilizing youth engagement and health literacy: The effects
Most health materials written at or above level of high school graduate.

Health illiteracy costs $106 to $236 billion a year.

89% of people who plan for physical activity outside of P.E. don’t know what a target heart rate is.

25% of people don’t know what a healthy amount of nutrition is in their diets.

3% of people don’t know how to handle stress at all,
20% can handle stress, and the other 77% can’t or only sometimes handle stress. Positive Impacts Comfort is key Who should be at the table? Define it! Health Literacy-Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions and follow instructions for treatment (American Medical Association). Navigate
Self Advocate
•Young people!
•Community members
•SBHC staff (providers and administration)
•School personnel
•Health educators (teachers, community grant members, etc).
•Community navigators
•Student-parent liaisons
•Medical Assistants
•Athletic Staff (Coaches, managers, trainers) How Collective Engagement - We statements 1.How do you provide young people with the skills to navigate, understand and self-advocate in their health care?
2.Does your SBHC have policies that allow young people to improve their health literacy?
3.Are you left with any lingering questions or examples from your SBHC? Questions? What can YOU do to engage young people and improve health literacy? Comfortable environment Analyze how family, friends, media, culture and technology influence healthy eating choices. Demonstrate ways to take responsibility for healthy eating habits.

We understand and take responsibility to eat healthy. We make our nutritional choices based on reliable resources.

Demonstrate verbal and nonverbal communication skills and strategies to prevent violence. Advocate for changes in home, school, or community that would increase safety.

We understand the complexity of unhealthy relationships and are able to identify them. We are therefore able to take action and seek effective solutions. Personal Stories: Alysh and Jaclyn Another way to measure positive impacts:
All youth are safe, healthy, educated, connected and contributing.(Colorado 9to25) "What questions do you have?" Health Literacy 9/21/2012 Individual engagement Other ideas:
Tell me more
What are you going to do when you get home?
What questions do you have?
Identify policies and reclaim them as practices Alysh Lynch

Jaclyn Watson
Youth Engagement Specialist
303-692-6252 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead Example from Jaclyn Safe

Physically safe-students can go to and from school without feeling in danger.
-the facility is maintained properly
-students treat each other with respect for one another’s persons.

Emotionally safe- students feel comfortable expressing their thoughts
-Students share ideas without being afraid of getting judged by peers, or denied by staff members.
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