Parents say, 'Yes, we can'
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[March 23, 2010]
Approximately 30 parents from
the Community Action Head Start program participated in the national
"I Can Keep My Child Healthy" literacy initiative on Feb. 27.
Community Action Head Start was selected from over 100 programs to
receive the grant.
Parents participated in hands-on sessions including proper medicine
dosing and healthy meal preparation. The importance of good oral
hygiene and information on signs and symptoms of various childhood
illnesses were also presented. Presenters included Amy Hyde, U of I
Extension; Mary Southerlan, HOPE Mobile dental hygienist; Holly
Woodhall, ALMH pharmacist; and Patty Quent, ALMH emergency room
nurse. Parents received a resource book, "What to Do When Your Child
Gets Sick," and a variety of health-related items donated by local
The "I Can" health literacy project is funded through
a joint collaboration with the UCLA School of Management and the
Johnson & Johnson Foundation. The project goals are to provide
training and information to parents, enable parents to become better
caregivers by improving health care knowledge and skills, empower
parents’ decision-making regarding health care, and contribute to
reducing escalating health care costs.
The project covers a two-year period in which families are
trained, supported by Community Action’s family services staff, and
data is kept and monitored to determine the impact of the project.
"Community Action Head Start is committed to providing quality
education opportunities and service to both the children and
families enrolled on the Head Start program. We are confident that
our participation in the 'I Can' health literacy project will
empower parents to make informed decisions," said Beth Fleshman,
Head Start director.
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois serves the
low-income and senior populations of six Illinois counties. For more
information, visit www.capcil.org.
[Text from file received from
Community Action Partnership of