Appalachian Learning Initiative to Present Research at ATRN 2023 Annual Health Summit
By: Marcus J. Hopkins
September 12th, 2023
The Appalachian Learning Initiative (APPLI, pronounced like "apply") will be presenting at the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN) 2023 Annual Health Summit on Friday, October 6th, 2023.
The paper, Adult Illiteracy and Public Health Outcomes in Appalachia: The Correlations Between Low Adult Literacy Proficiency and Health Outcomes in Appalachian Counties, is co-authored by Crystal Harper, MA, and Amanda Morgan, CPhT, and examines the correlations between adult literacy proficiency and 25 measures of public health, many of which have been the subject of infographics released by APPLI throughout this summer.
"This research is one of just a handful of contemporary efforts to find a correlational link between the ability of Appalachian adults to read at or below an Eighth Grade level to the incidence, prevalence, and mortality rates of various public health measures," said Marcus J. Hopkins, Founder & Executive Director of APPLI. "The majority of public health literature is either outdated or focuses specifically on Health Literacy, rather than General Literacy."
One of the primary purposes of this research is to determine whether certain related measures, such as the prevalence of current smoking behaviors among adults and the prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), are correlated with adult literacy deficiencies.
A secondary purpose of this research is to identify areas where opportunities exist to develop partnerships between educational and healthcare organizations to concurrently address both adult literacy deficiencies and health issues.
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