The Lay Health Educator Program: Evaluating the Impact of this Community Health Initiative on the Medical Education of Resident Physicians

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Abstract

Resident physicians receive little training designed to help them develop an understanding of the health literacy and health concerns of laypersons. The purpose of this study was to assess whether residents improve their understanding of health concerns of community members after participating in the Lay Health Educator Program, a health education program provided through a medical–religious community partnership. The impact was evaluated via pre-post surveys and open-ended responses. There was a statistically significant change in the residents’ (n = 15) understanding of what the public values as important with respect to specific healthcare topics. Findings suggest participation in a brief, formal community engagement activity improved medical residents’ confidence with community health education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1148-1156
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

Keywords

  • Health literacy
  • Medical education
  • Medical–religious partnerships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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