There is an overwhelming amount of educational resources available online, but unless a person is interested in your specific topic, they will miss important information. Have you ever wondered who fills the brochure holders at your local clinic? Take it upon yourself to do this and find the best local, state or national resources. Then get them in the hands of your community members.
- Get connected to the resources.
- Subscribe to relevant newsletters and blogs.
- Sign up for email notifications.
- Follow social media pages that share educational materials.
- Reach out to your state department of health, or your regional tribal epicenter to see what is offered for free.
- Before you share the resource, make sure it is from a reliable source.
- Share the resource – this could mean printing and distributing an article or brochure. ordering and displaying free materials, or sharing a post on social media to your followers.
- Monitor supplies so you can restock when items have all been taken.
- SD QuitLine promotions
- CDC infographics
- Division of Health and Medical Services Educational Materials Catalog
- CDC Feature Articles
- UCSF Tobacco Center Faculty Blog
- Truth Initiative Newsletter
- Talk to your state department of health or tribal epicenter on data sources they have specific to your tribe/population
- If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, make your own! Do your research to gather all the information and summarize it into a handout. Make sure you cite your sources.
- Keep in mind—less is more when it comes to words and it’s good practice to write at a 3rd grade reading level, so keep it simple!
Čaŋlí Coalition Example
The Čaŋlí Coalition makes a quarterly handout to partners that serve a large population in our area.
We use local/state/regional resources on relevant and timely topics and adapt them to fit our culture and community. Our partners then help us get them distributed. Head Start helps us reach families with young children by putting them in every student’s backpack. WIC gives them out during client visits to reach low-income women.
Our handouts are also given out at our Tribal Food Distribution Program and the state Department of Social Services to reach populations with the greatest health disparities. Several examples are available in the Toolkit Library.
We also partner with our state department of health to put together SD QuitLine “data briefs” specific to our Tribe that our local healthcare providers and leaders appreciate.