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n. As a result, they developed a Peer Language Navigator (PLN) Project. The project targets and hires people from ethnic communities who are bi-lingual and competent in English and are interested in working with health and adult education providers in developing health messages and materials that are culturally competent. PLNs play an important role helping service providers, such as the Alaska YMCA Women’s Wellness Program and Providence Community Outreach, develop culturally competent messaging that resonates with new readers. They also participate in supporting communication efforts for healthcare workshops and screening for topics such as breast and cervical cancer. As “cultural ambassadors” for the people in their community, PLNs work to promote better dialog and understanding between healthcare providers and patients. Since 2010, 19 individual PLNs have been trained through TAHLC who speak Nuer, Wolof, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Thai, Hmong, Arabic, Somali, French, Nepali, Chinese, Lao and Burmese. “We believe living in a culturally diverse community such as Anchorage gives a great opportunity to learn and share knowledge,” states Polly Smith, Co-Chair for The Alaska Health Literacy Collaborative. “The PLN project helps our community by providing culturally relevant health information and resources, as well as improving health literacy of limited English speakers.”

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WIC Nutrition Program Handouts: “I’m 1, I’m 2, I’m 3, I’m 4”
Poppy Strode, MS, MPH, RD, Public Health Nutrition Consultant
Awardee: California Department of Public Health Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides low-income families vouchers for healthy foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health and social services. Each month, 84 WIC local agencies within California serve close to 1.5 million participants; of these, over 780,000 are children ages one through
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