Helping low-literacy individuals to make better health and nutrition decisions, the Florida Blue Foundation and the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) are accepting grant proposals now through March 7 via their collaborative Florida Health Literacy Initiative.
Aimed at improving both family and adult literacy for speakers of other languages, the statewide program will offer 14 individual $5,000 grants in May, with the end goal of maximizing accuracy in following doctors’ instructions, taking medications correctly, and spending less time in urgent care as a benefit of improved preventive care and communication.
Americans with poor literacy are four times as likely to struggle with poor health. The Florida Health Literacy Initiative hopes to reach segments of the population such as non-native English speakers, older adults, recent refugees, immigrants and those with less education than a high school degree.
"At Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation, we are committed to helping people and communities achieve better health," Susan Towler, Florida Blue Foundation’s VP, said. "By partnering with the Florida Literacy Coalition and supporting the Florida Health Literacy Grant Initiative, we are reaching more and more Floridians every day and positively impacting their health and wellbeing."
The initiative has successfully reached over 14,000 students across 51 Florida municipalities since it began eight years ago. FLC’s executive director Greg Smith commended the program’s positive impact on thousands of Floridians, adding, "It reflects Florida Blue Foundation's outstanding commitment to helping adult learners develop the skills they need to be informed health advocates for themselves and their children."