The need for Project HELP is clear: a child’s health depends on his parent’s health knowledge and all parents (especially immigrant parents) need to learn more about medical care and about how to effectively communicate with doctors.
THE NATIONAL NEED
46% of American adults lack the functional literacy to navigate the U.S. healthcare system, while health literacy levels are even lower among non-native English speakers; (Journal of the American Medical Association)
Literacy levels directly affect a person’s ability to understand disease processes, prevention, early detection, and treatment of chronic diseases (e.g. hypertension, diabetes);
Immigrants living in the U.S., especially those with limited English proficiency, experience difficulties in obtaining healthcare due to cultural and linguistic barriers;
Effective, culturally-appropriate health education materials are essential for immigrants to acquire health literacy and to access healthcare resources;
THE LOCAL NEED
Camden is the second poorest city in the United States and over 12% of its population is composed of immigrants (U.S. Census Bureau)There are an estimated 3,500-4,000 undocumented immigrants residing in the city;
A combination of high poverty, poor education, limited English proficiency, lack of health insurance, and low awareness of community health resources make these parents and children the most vulnerable population in the city.