Cristine Smith (Ed.D. 1997) conducted her dissertation on the health knowledge and literacy skills of women in Nepal who participated in integrated health literacy programs vs. programs that focused solely on literacy or health knowledge. (Result: integrated health literacy programs build more literacy and more health knowledge than separate health and literacy programs do, at least in that context).
She has collaborated with faculty members in the School of Public Health on maternal literacy skills and training design for communities to consider research and action for ending suicide in Alaska. She has been involved in research and support to health literacy practitioners in both the U.S. and South Asia, including summarizing research on gendered and critical health literacy in developing countries.
Dr. Smith coordinated a women’s integrated health literacy project in Nepal, where female Community Health Volunteers, and members of the Mothers’ Group they led, came together for a nine-month literacy program focused on building their health knowledge.