The Lay Health Educator Program: Evaluating the Impact of this Community Health Initiative on the Medical Education of Resident Physicians
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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.
KeywordsHealth literacy Medical education Medical–religious partnerships
We wish to thank Richard Bennett, MD, and Kimberly Monson for their support of the LHEP, as well as the Medicine for the Greater Good initiative, which has helped in encouraging residents to participate in such community health programs.
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