Exploring Health Literacy Levels of 6th Grade Students in Indianapolis

Ashlee Miller Butler University, Miriam Rimawi Butler University, Madison Schmidt Butler University, Anna Hale Butler University, Christina Thomas Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Chad Knoderer Butler University, Kristen Nichols Butler University
Health education may not be a significant priority in middle school curricula. Individuals with low health literacy levels are less likely to comply with prescribed medical treatment and instructions from their physician. Health illiteracy has been associated with increased hospitalizations and health expenditures, and poor health outcomes. Health literacy rates of middle schools in the Indianapolis area are currently unknown. The data obtained can help pediatric health care professionals determine the amount of education that needs to be provided to children. This study is important to help provide health professionals with the information they need to efficiently explain health information, improve compliance, and increase the quality of healthcare overall for the population. The objective of this study is to determine health literacy rates among sixth grade students across Indianapolis. Pharmacy students presented a 20 minute educational session focusing on medical terminology, careers in the medical field, and medication safety to sixth grade students at Indianapolis Public Schools. Throughout the presentation, the pharmacy students participated in an interactive game with the sixth graders and answered any questions that they had. Following the presentation, sixth grade students completed the Newest Vital Sign health literacy tool survey. Data collection is ongoing. Results and conclusions will be presented at the 2019 Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference.
Pharmacy, Health Sciences, & Exercise Science
Oral Presentation

When & Where

10:30 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 212