Project Title

How do the Levels of Health Literacy Effect the Health Behaviors Amongst Postpartum Women?

Academic department under which the project should be listed

WCHHS - Health Promotion and Physical Education

Faculty Sponsor Name

Afekwo Ukuku

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Background/ Purpose of study (Tyler) : Maternal morbidity and mortality continue to be a public health problem. Specifically, during the postpartum period, a women’s health after pregnancy is often overlooked if she does not pose the proper levels of health literacy. The purpose of this study is to assess that if women increase their health literacy this increase will be reflected through behavior choices that will reduce negative health outcomes.

Methods: The main database that was used to search for articles was the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Library database. There will be a maximum of 100 participants within the study. To find a sufficient amount of information pertaining to the study, the following variables were searched: Morbidity and mortality in maternal health, health literacy, health behaviors, lack of knowledge, and social determinants. Most of the searched terms were used in the advanced function.

Impact: It is important for postpartum women to be knowledgeable about maternal health because decisions are affected by the level of health literacy. The study hopes to find the association between health literacy levels and health-related behavior amongst postpartum women. We hypothesize that there is an association between health literacy levels and health-related knowledge. Meaning, a high level of health literacy levels will yield positive health-related behaviors.

Project Type

Poster

How will this be presented?

Yes, in person

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How do the Levels of Health Literacy Effect the Health Behaviors Amongst Postpartum Women?

Background/ Purpose of study (Tyler) : Maternal morbidity and mortality continue to be a public health problem. Specifically, during the postpartum period, a women’s health after pregnancy is often overlooked if she does not pose the proper levels of health literacy. The purpose of this study is to assess that if women increase their health literacy this increase will be reflected through behavior choices that will reduce negative health outcomes.

Methods: The main database that was used to search for articles was the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Library database. There will be a maximum of 100 participants within the study. To find a sufficient amount of information pertaining to the study, the following variables were searched: Morbidity and mortality in maternal health, health literacy, health behaviors, lack of knowledge, and social determinants. Most of the searched terms were used in the advanced function.

Impact: It is important for postpartum women to be knowledgeable about maternal health because decisions are affected by the level of health literacy. The study hopes to find the association between health literacy levels and health-related behavior amongst postpartum women. We hypothesize that there is an association between health literacy levels and health-related knowledge. Meaning, a high level of health literacy levels will yield positive health-related behaviors.

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