This project focuses on Latino immigrants in the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ with low levels of health literacy and limited English fluency. The program provides both long-term and short-range services to increase participants’ health literacy knowledge leading to improved health outcomes. Ironbound Community Corporation has partnered with the School of Nursing at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and focuses on four areas of literacy: oral, print, cultural and conceptual knowledge and numeracy, working primarily in Spanish to build on the strengths of participants and make health services accessible as quickly as possible. Community health fairs, one-on-one literacy coaching sessions and one-time literacy workshops precede more intensive 12-week health literacy seminars.
Director, Family Success Center