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Patton, Katie. An Evidence-Based Design, Translation, and Implementation of a Hypertension Health Education Pamphlet. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska - Lincoln. 2023.
Health equity is the opportunity for all to attain their highest level of health. This includes creating understandable educational resources that aid in reducing risk and controlling symptoms of disease. A singular piece of written education material will not be effective among all in a broad population due to the many different backgrounds in which people originate. While this may seem obvious, there is a wide gap between knowledge and action. This gap leads to health disparities, or differences in health status between people that are related to social or demographic factors such as race, gender, income, or geographic region (AHPA, n.d.). My objective for this project is to begin to bridge the gap by creating a piece of health education material that is easily understandable and accessible by multiple priority population groups within Lincoln, Nebraska. This project presents an educational pamphlet about hypertension translated into four additional languages. The content of the pamphlet was chosen to encapsulate the most important information about hypertension including the definitions, risk factors, prevalence, and possible preventative measures. The four languages were purposefully chosen as they are the most common languages spoken at Clinic with a Heart. Clinic with a Heart consistently sees multiple races within the general population, as well as individuals with a wide range of education and economic backgrounds. Through the duration of this thesis, we will explore the role of translation, cultural acknowledgement, and health literacy in healthcare to ensure effectiveness of educational resources. Part I of this document addresses the problems. First, the health problem and secondly, the social problems including translation, social determinants of health, and health literacy. Part II expands upon the choice of Clinic with a Heart for implementation followed by the presentation of the created educational material.