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The Missouri Health Literacy Enhancement Priority Area Grant (PAG) of the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) addresses "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions" (Healthy People 2010). Health literacy encompasses skills of reading, writing, mathematics, listening, and speaking and relies on cultural and conceptual knowledge. People with limited health literacy have less knowledge of disease management, report poorer health status, and are less likely to seek preventive services. This problem is pervasive, affecting approximately half of the people living in the US and costing the health system as much as $58 billion per year (Institute of Medicine, Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion, April 2004).

Through this program, MFH has committed to provide support in 2006 for a grantee(s) that has the capacity to develop health literacy resources throughout the MFH service region. The proposed model is a centralized center(s) for health literacy information, training, and technical assistance. This center(s), actual and/or virtual, will provide tools, interventions, technical assistance, and evaluation. The grantee(s) should have substantial experience in the field of health literacy and will be responsible for building infrastructures, strengthening partnerships, assessing best practices, identifying the highest need populations, and planning the dissemination of programs throughout the service area.

Because the UM System is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 5:00 pm Friday, June 9, 2006. Letters of intent should be limited to a 3-page summary of the proposed project, including 1) a one-paragraph summary of the overall approach, interventions and activities planned, and expected outcomes for health literacy in Missouri; 2) the applicant's experience and qualifications for developing a health literacy center; 3) qualifications of key staff; 4) anticipated collaborations and/or partnerships; and 5) any established relationships with community-based organizations.



MU Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 9, 2006 (letter of intent)
Sponsor Deadline:

June 15, 2006 (pre-application conference, 9-11:30 am, with a teleconferencing option)
July 24, 2006 (full proposal)

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

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