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The Kansas Health Literacy Council is a group of organizations dedicated to coordinating health literacy initatives throughout Kansas; linking Kansas to state and national resources on health literacy including funding opportunities; and advising practitioners on best practices related to building health literacy among key population groups.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick - An Overview

Kansas Health Literacy Council endorses the use of What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick. A book that covers the management of more than 50 common illnesses, injuries, and health problems. It is written in an easy-to-read language for parents and caregivers of children from birth to eight years of age. Over 6,000 Kansas parents have been educated on how to use the book effectively, resulting in significant reductions in unnecessary doctor and emergency room visits.

National research* has shown that, when parents are given the book, and trained on its usage, it helps:
~parents manage their children's care
~decrease non-emergent use of the ER,
~decrease the number of days children miss school and parents miss work.

What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick is available in several different languages.

*Kansas Head Start Association, Health Care Institue Results, July 2007

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