Thursday, September 27, 2007

Beyond the Brochure

Beyond the Brochure Most of us obtain health information through many different sources,including printed media such as newspapers, magazines, books and brochures. But for at least 90 million Americans who demonstrate low levels of literacy (Educational Testing Service, 1993), or for individuals
who have learned to rely upon oral forms of communication, written information sources are of little or no use. For such audiences, health educators and communicators need alternative
approaches with appropriate visuals and activities that stimulate learning, are interesting and fun, and motivate the intended audience to experience new behaviors.
The AMC Cancer Research Center, with collaboration and support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, has developed Beyond the Brochure to assist health educators and health communicators in conceiving and producing educational materials and activities that do not rely solely on the printed word. The intent is to present innovative intervention ideas and strategies that can be used to reach audiences who are not benefitting from current health communication efforts.

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