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Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
Administered by:

Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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  • Original Grant - Jun 28, 2004
Applications Due:

Multiple Receipt Dates - See Link to Full Announcement for details.

total funding: Not Available
max award: none
min award: none
cost sharing, matching: No
number of awards: Not Available
type of funding: Grant

The participating Institutes, Centers and Offices of the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
invite investigators to submit R01 research grant applications on health
literacy. The goal of this Program Announcement is to increase scientific
understanding of the nature of health literacy and its relationship to
healthy behaviors, illness prevention and treatment, chronic disease
management, health disparities, risk assessment of environmental factors, and
health outcomes including mental and oral health. Increased scientific
knowledge of interventions that can strengthen health literacy and improve
the positive health impacts of communications between healthcare and public
health professionals (including dentists, healthcare delivery organizations,
and public health entities), and consumer or patient audiences that vary in
health literacy, is needed. Such knowledge will help enable healthcare and
public health systems serve individuals and populations more effectively, and
employ strategies that reduce health disparities in the population.

Healthy People 2010 defines health literacy as the degree to which
individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health
information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions (U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). Many factors affect
individuals ability to comprehend, and in turn use or act on, health
information and communication. Proficiency in reading, writing, listening,
interpreting, oral communication, and visual analysis is necessary as the
modern health system typically relies on a variety of interpersonal, textual,
and electronic media to present health information. Individuals and families
both must be able to: communicate with health professionals; understand the
health information in mass communication; understand how to use health-
related print, audiovisual, graphical and electronic materials; understand
basic health concepts (e.g., many health problems can be prevented or
minimized) and vocabulary (e.g., about the body, diseases, medical
treatments, etc.); and connect this health-related knowledge to health
decision-making and action-taking. Access to and understanding of health
information and services is a reciprocal process among health professionals,
communication professionals and patients. For instance, these professionals
must use science-based strategies and tactics, develop resources and
materials, and understand communication interactions between providers and

Research on health literacy should assist NIH in its mission of communicating
scientifically-based health information to the public and to the health care
providers and related professionals who serve the public. The application of
scientific knowledge from health literacy research may also strengthen the
health information knowledge and communication skills of the public, and
further one of the national goals of Healthy People 2010, to improve health
literacy by the decades end.

Who can apply:

Anyone/General Public
City Or Township Governments
County Governments
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments
Independent School Districts
Minority Group
Native American Organization
Non-Government - General
Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Other Private Institution/Organization
Private Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Profit Organization
Public And State Controlled Institutions Of Higher Education
Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
Small Business (Less Than 500 Employees
Special District Governments
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)
U.S. Territories And Possessions (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)

Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Aging Research
Biological Response to Environmental Health Hazards
Cancer Cause and Prevention Research
Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Research
Discovery and Applied Research
Drug Abuse Research Programs
Heart and Vascular Diseases Research
Medical Library Assistance
Mental Health Research Grants
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Extramural Research
Oral Diseases and Disorders Research
Research Related to Deafness and Communication Disorders

More Information:


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