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J Sch Health. 2001 Apr;71(4):138-44.

Enhancing teacher health literacy in school health promotion: a vision for the new millennium.

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Dept. of Kinesiology and Health Education, Bellmont Hall 222, 2100 San Jacinto Blvd., University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA.


While the National Health Education Standards focused interest and attention on student (consumer) health literacy, equal attention should be given to teacher (provider) health literacy. Teacher health literacy may be defined as "the capacity of teachers to obtain, interpret, and understand basic health information and services, with the competence to use such information and services in ways that enhance the learning of health concepts and skills by school students." This paper reviews a traditional model for school health teacher preparation, then presents an alternative, university field-tested model for enhancing health literacy in teacher education. This new model presents an innovative instructional paradigm, the Child and Adolescent Health (CAH) Logic Framework. This training model (vision) illustrates and emphasizes the link between child and adolescent health research and theory, CAH information, and application to health education, public policy, medical care, and health advocacy.

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