HealthLitNow™ is a secular, community based “Public Health Literacy” non-profit with a mission to enhance both short-term and long-term healthcare outcomes for K-12 students, their families, and the community at large consistent with the “National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy”. Public Health Literacy is defined here “as the degree to which individuals and groups can obtain, process, understand, evaluate, and act upon information needed to make personal and public health decisions that benefit the community”. The Exploratorium of Healthcare Careers (EXPLORE HCC) is a long-term project engaging a broad alliance of community participants to raise Healthcare Career opportunity and simultaneously enhance Health Literacy by providing hands-on, fun, non-didactic healthcare workshops to 7th – 9th grade students.
EXPLORE HCC’s engagement with our community is represented by our Business Model reflecting support from business, government, academic and non-profit organizations. By stimulating interest in healthcare careers, we communicate Health Literacy to students who then engage their families in what they have learned thereby improving the Health Literacy of our community. “Teach The Children.”