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A Partnership Approach to Enhance Healthcare Literacy: Insuring Good Health


Project Title:

A partnership approach to enhance health care literacy


National Institute for Health Care Reform


This community-based participatory research (CBPR) project developed Insuring Good Health- a website and video series designed to improve engagement with health insurance and Affordable Care Act reforms. We conducted a lagged-control cluster randomized controlled trial to evaluate Insuring Good Health with racially and ethnically diverse adults seeking services in medically underserved areas within the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area. Outcomes were assessed at baseline and at 6 and 9 months postintervention, and including self-efficacy, knowledge, beliefs, and intention to seek help with insurance navigation and care. Insuring Good Health was associated with increased intention to seek help with insurance navigation and care, and improved beliefs around preventive care. 

Study Dates:

1/1/15- 12/31/18


  • Patel MR, TerHaar L, Smith A, Tariq M, Worthington K*, Hinton J, Lichtenstein RL. Knowledge of health insurance terms and the Affordable Care Act in racially and ethnically diverse urban communities.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 2019 Jun;22(3):456-466

  • TerHaar L, Lichtenstein R, Tariq M, Smith A, Meyers M, Patel MR. Acceptability of a multi-media healthcare literacy intervention among Arab Americans and Middle Eastern communities. ACCESS Health Journal 2019 (4): 96-106.

  • Patel MR, Israel BA, Song PXK, Hao W*, TerHaar L, Tariq M€, Lichtenstein RL. Insuring Good Health: Outcomes and acceptability of a participatory health insurance literacy intervention in diverse urban communities. Health Education & Behavior, 2019 Jun;46(3):494-505.

  • Patel MR, TerHaar L, Alattar Z*, Rubyan M*, Tariq M, Worthington K, Pettway J, Tatko J, Lichtenstein R. Use of storytelling to increase navigation capacity around the Affordable Care Act in communities of color. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 2018;12(3):307-319.

  • Patel MR, Jensen A*, Ramirez E, Tariq M, Lang I, Kowalski-Dobson T, Pettway J, Famulare M, Lichtenstein RL. Health insurance challenges in the post-Affordable Care Act (ACA) era: a qualitative study of the perspective of low-income people of color in Metropolitan Detroit. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 2018 Feb;5(1):78-85.

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