Welcome to the Beginnings Guides
website for pregnancy and parent education materials and training to promote health literacy and reflective practice
It matters what a mother knows and what a mother does. Beginnings Guides are designed to complement counseling during office and home visits for prenatal and parent education and family support.
What's New on Site
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Consumers, the health system and health literacy:
Taking action to improve safety and quality.
SAM Guide to selecting or producing health education materials that work
This 36 page guide to selecting and producing health education materials
that work for a particular audience uses the SAM Suitability Assessment
of Materials with examples from the Beginnings Pregnancy Guide.
The SAM synthesizes mounds of research on adult learning to rate
materials on 21 factors known to affect comprehension and usability of
information. It produces a a score that is useful for comparing
materials under consideration and for evaluating information under
development. . Click here to download.
If you're uninsured, visit The Health Insurance Marketplace.
The Institute of Medicine - The New Health Care Law and You
Download of the Week
of the QR Code Reader/Scanner apps that are available on popular smart phones
origin, usefulness, how to read them, and how to create them.
-FAQ Pregnancy Guide
New 2014 Edition
Assessment and Planning project aims to assess the feasibility and
potential effectiveness of MCH home visitation programs as a channel to
bring the resources of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to
disadvantaged and isolated families, and to provide direct assistance to
personalize information and apply it in context.
For Information on The Purpose of The Life Skills Progression click here.
I'm always eager to hear about your program and assist with order planning & shipping. We can talk about the content, health literacy or life skills development. Please feel free to share your thoughts about the new website. For detailed information
on training, research & development, the evidence base & program evaluation with the Life Skills Progression
visit our training
Sandra Smith, MPH, PhD
Updated December 3, 2013