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'I Can' grant for Community Action Head Start

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[December 29, 2009]  Community Action recently received a grant to provide Head Start parents with education in health literacy. The "I Can Help My Child Stay Healthy" grant from the UCLA School of Management and Johnson & Johnson Foundation is toward a two-year project in which 100 families will be trained and supported by Community Action Head Start staff.

InsuranceProject 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 "I Can" health literacy project began in 2001 in Missouri, and over 10,000 families have been trained in 38 states. Research data has shown dramatic impact on families as parents receive information and training regarding health care for their children. Missed workdays for parents show a decrease of 42 percent. Also data shows that missed days of school for children decreased by 29 percent. A dramatic drop of 58 percent in unnecessary trips to the emergency room, coupled with a 43 percent drop in unnecessary trips to the doctor’s office, translates into a cost savings per family per year of $554.72.

Beth Fleshman, Head Start director, commented: "We are eager to provide this health literacy training to our parents. The benefits the ‘I Can’ project has demonstrated since the initial 2001 pilot project began are immeasurable as the self-sufficiency of parents in this critical area is enhanced."

Community Action will train 100 Head Start parents on Feb. 27.

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Any organization or individuals who would like to partner with Community Action in this health care initiative should call Fleshman at 217-732-2159, ext. 249. Donations of goods or services would be greatly appreciated as the agency works toward improving the health literacy of the Head Start families.

Community Action serves the low-income and senior populations of six central Illinois counties. For more information, visit www.capcil.org.

[Text from file received from Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois]'


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