In North Dakota, students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UNDSMHS) are learning about health literacy through a new program, designed for rural clinic rotations.

Called Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE), students partner with local rural newspapers to write articles focused on health education and health literacy concepts. Starting as an extracurricular, TRHE is now a requirement for third-year medical students in UNDSMHS’ Rural Opportunities in Medical Education program.

From the post at Rural Health Information Hub: “Participants write a newspaper-friendly, data-informed, public health-focused education article that embraces health literacy’s emphasis on the use of plain language. Because rural newspapers are an important disseminators of informationincluding health information — rural newspaper editors are the strategic project partners. This project aligns with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Healthy People 2030 declaration that health literacy is a “central focus” in order to help “eliminate health disparities, achieve health equity, and attain health literacy to improve the health and well-being of all.”

To read more about TRHE on RHIhub, click here.

SOURCE:, The Rural Blog