LMHEA provides books for 2013 Parent Health Literacy Project

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mollie Pointer LMHEA Intern (13) 744 8504 mollie.pointer@lmh.org

For immediate release. Lawrence, KS—The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association will provide 500 copies of What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick to assist the Parent Literacy Project through the Kansas Head Start Association for 2013, at various local health care organizations in Douglas County, including Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The book assists parents in making smart choices for their children’s wellness to reduce the number of unnecessary doctor and emergency visits. Parents must instruction by a participating organization on how to use the book. For example, LMH offers two classes that provide instruction and distribute the book: the Baby Care Class and the Newborn Safety Class.
According to www.ksheadstart.org, the project has helped over 3,600 families statewide. Statistics show that after classes and instruction on how to use the book, 82% of parents feel more confident in taking care of their children’s illnesses, 46% fewer doctor visits, and 55% fewer emergency visits. “It’s not just about distributing the books and the resulting health care benefits,” project director at HSA Deborah Boulware O’Neal said. “It’s also about keeping parents at work and children in school. As a parent myself, I know how valuable that is. We are very grateful to LMH to enable us to continue this program.”

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