A Delaware nonprofit focusing on ensuring First State adults can read and write announced it has been awarded nearly $20,000 to carry out one of its programs.
Literacy Delaware helps adults to significantly improve their literacy skills to reach their goals of employment, parenting and civic engagement.
Last year alone, the group’s programming provided 7,000 hours of tutoring instruction to adults speaking 27 different languages.
The organization will get $19,996.90 after being selected as one of the winners of Quality Insights’ 50th anniversary grant program, which was created to support promising and innovative initiatives to improve health and healthcare quality.
Quality Insights is a Wilmington-based group that aims to improve healthcare.
It’s allocating a total of $100,000 to celebrate its 50th year.
Literacy Delaware will use the funding to support its “Demystifying the Healthcare Journey” project.
This is a health literacy education program for dialysis patients and their families to close the health equity gap.
The main goal of this program is to improve patients’ understanding and management of their health by providing them with the skills and tools necessary to navigate their journey to improve their health outcomes.
“The importance of health literacy cannot be overemphasized in today’s world,” said Cynthia Shermeyer, executive director of Literacy Delaware. “We are very excited to partner to develop and deliver a unique program for patients with chronic kidney disease.”
Literacy Delaware will also launch “The ABC’s of Kidney Disease” later this month, which is Health Literacy Month. The program will be offered on Sundays beginning October 29th at Christiana Care Hospital.
“We are deeply committed to improving health literacy, and it’s an honor to support Literacy Delaware’s innovative program aimed at demystifying the healthcare journey for dialysis patients and their families,” said Sven T. Berg, chief executive officer of Quality Insights. “This project aligns seamlessly with our core values, bridging healthcare equity gaps and empowering patients to take control of their health outcomes.”
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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