Dates of Project: July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2012
Description: During this three-year project, the Ironbound Community Corporation partnered with Rutgers University School of Nursing (formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)) to offer classes and workshops to improve health literacy among non-English speaking Latino immigrants in a formerly industrial section of Newark, N.J. The project also participated in health fairs, and provided training to ICC’s own staff and to local nursing students on how to recognize and address health literacy problems.
“We teach them how to use a thermometer; how to read medication labels; how to recognize disease symptoms; ways to access the healthcare system; and what’s available for you even if you lack insurance.”—Petra Lebrón, MSW, project director
“The content on the classes changed, depending on what students wanted. We encouraged them to shape the curriculum. We wanted it to be them telling us what they wanted to learn.”—Frances Munet-Vilaró, PhD, an associate professor at UMDNJ’s School of Nursing who served as the project’s health instructor