2008-10-31 / Community

Volunteers Needed To Teach Health Literacy

St. John's Episcopal Hospital is recruiting adult volunteers for a new Health Literacy initiative called "HealthSense, the sensible way to manage your health." The volunteers will teach outpatients in the Family Practice clinic more about taking their medications, dosages, and other health care issues. HealthSense will enable patients to make informed healthcare decisions and take appropriate steps to take control of and improve their health and to increase understanding of health-related issues.

"With the assistance of volunteers, we will be able to empower patients with information that can help them take better control of their health, their relationships with their doctors, and understand their conditions and medications," said Renae Carr, director of Volunteer Services at St. John's.

The program is supported by a $40,000 grant from the United Hospital Fund. The chairman of Family Practice, Albert Strojan, DO, is the program's medical liaison and Josephine Perez is the program coordinator.

Mature adults, both English and Spanish speaking, who are able to commit 10 to 12 hours per week, are encouraged to apply. To qualify, volunteers must complete an annual physical and participate in a short training program. For additional information, call Renae Carr at 718-869-7870, Monday through Friday.

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