Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Fiona Chew, Ph.D.
Dessa K. Bergen-Cico, Ph.D., CHES
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Film and Media Studies | Radio | Television
This case study of Syracuse University’s health promotion and student health behavior provides data that may be employed to understand and influence future, functional health literacy. Key components of functional health literacy—self efficacy, independence, institutional services, social influences, gender, etc.—rise to the surface, and are the focus of this analysis. This study was approved by the University’s Institutional Review Board for the Fall 2008 term, and received funding through the Crown Wise Scholarship. The research subjects include a convenience sample of 26 full-time, college seniors. The subjects were divided into four focus groups to provide qualitative data on 21 topics that address students’ decision-making specific to physical activity and nutrition. Results from this study strive to use findings to help educators and administrators better develop successful campus health promotion programs. The report offers a resource for planning future strategies and programs by: involving people in planning, incorporating data analysis, and assessing factors that affect implementation. Recommendations include targeting information on gender and age, evaluating feedback mechanisms, using social framing, measures specific to institutions, a strategy for using campus resources, and a call for self-produced student materials. Discussed strategies can be expanded beyond the Community Readiness Model, instead using more precise theories to implement future programs and plans. Colleges and universities can use similar methods to analyze student functional health literacy and improve campus community health promotion readiness.
Wichman, Thomas D., "A qualitative assessment of college-students’ functional health literacy: a case-study at Syracuse University" (2009). Honors Capstone Projects - All. 477.
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