What’s In This Toolkit?

The toolkit contains research and practical strategies and tools needed for health clinics to implement educational support for patients. It is arranged so clinics may pick and choose which interventions they wish to implement.

  • First, we present the Social Determinants of Health theory. This body of research lays out the need to address social factors that affect health. Although America spends more on health care than any other nation, we rank below many countries on key health indicators. Social factors such as education, income and housing influence our health. The Social Determinants of Health research underscores the need for incorporating educational programming within the walls of community health clinics.
  • The next section is dedicated to Community Assesments.  Conducting a needs assessment is an improtant first step in developing and implementing a plan to embed educational programming into your healthcare setting.  This module will provide clinics with tools and resources to conduct a valid needs assessment.
  • The toolkit introduces educational programs that Community Health Partners implements. Each of these programs is detailed as a separate module and is designed as a stand alone educational intervention. Modules include:
        1. Home visiting parent education
        2. Adult Education tutoring program
        3. Incorporating Health Literacy principles
        4. Books for Children
  • The final section of the toolkit addresses data collection, evaluation, and analysis.
  • We encourage your feedback, questions and suggestions. Contact information is included. Creation of this toolkit is funded by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. The views presented here are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, its directors, officers, or staff.