Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 54, Issue 3, pp 1148–1156 | Cite as

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

  • Panagis Galiatsatos
  • Rebeca Rios
  • W. Daniel Hale
  • Jessica L. Colburn
  • Colleen Christmas
Original Paper


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.


Health 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.

Conflict of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Panagis Galiatsatos
    • 1
  • Rebeca Rios
    • 1
  • W. Daniel Hale
    • 2
  • Jessica L. Colburn
    • 1
  • Colleen Christmas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Division of Geriatric Medicine & GerontologyJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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