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Please Don't Eat Laundry Pods and Other Useful Information


Last Friday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) tweeted a very simple statement: Please don’t eat laundry pods.

Health Literacy Resource for ESL

I discovered this reosurce for health literach and ESL learners. I invite you to explore this content and identify how you may consider using it with students. Is this someting you can replicate at your own program? 

October is Health Literacy Month

How are you celebrating Health Literacy Month? I invite you to check out this link about Health Literacy and share some ideas about how you have, or will, integrate Health Literacy Month in your classroom.  There is also a LINCS Resource designed to help you develop integrated lessons. 

Health Literacy Partnerships Special Event

On September 18 at 1PM (ET), join How Adult Basic Skills Programs Can Build – and Obtain Funding for – Local Partnerships, a webinar with the LINCS Community Health Literacy micro group to help adult learners improve their health literacy.

Teaching students about food allergies


One of the most important concepts of instruction is to create learning opportunities that are relevant to our student's lives. Yet, these lessons also need to prepare students for an adult education credential or develop a skill in a career pathway. With that in mind, I'd like to share some lesson plan / instructional ideas about food allergies.

The importance of vaccines.

Friends, I want to draw your attention to a current measles outbreak in Minnesota.

How do you teach health literacy and scientific knowledge about vaccines to your students? What fears do they have? How do you help the overcome these fears?
I'd love to hear your stories.

Kathy Tracey

Bridging Health Equity Across Communities

April is National Minority Health Month. The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Health Department emphasizes the collaborative, community-level work being done across the nation to help achieve health equity. From their website, "Health disparities—the differences in health and well-being—have a significant impact on our nation and among racial and ethnic populations in particular. Minorities are less likely to get the preventive care needed to stay healthy, less likely to receive quality care, and more likely to face poorer health outcomes.

COABE - Sessions and Discussions

Hi All, 

I will be heading to Florida on Sunday - but for those who are able to attend, I am sharing all of the Science and Health Literacy related sessions. For those who are not able to attend, I will be sharing information learned from as many sessions as possible. 

Sunday: Pre Session: 

  • P308 - Scientific Inquiry and the GED(r) Science Test. (Presenters: Bonnie Goonen andSusan Pittman) 


Health Literacy Bridge Programs - your feedback requested.


I am looking for samples of Health Literacy Bridge programs. How are you preparing students for a career in a healthcare profession? What science skills are you including in your curriculum? What are you doing to help students move from your bridge to an associates degree? I invite you to explore a model healthcare bridge created by a community college in Illinois. 

I'm interested in learning more about what you are doing in the field and the sharing of ideas. 

Kathy Tracey

The connection between science instruction and health literacy can be found in National Nutrition Month.

Health literacy and nutrition are often taught in conjunction with science instruction. Every March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics creates a theme and then develops instructional resources and games that can support instruction.  The intention of NNM is to help students make informed food choices and develop sound eating habits using scientifically based nutrition information.


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