Sandy Klarenbeek, health instructor for the Black Hills State University College of Education, recently attended the National Health Education Standards (NHES) training session held in Atlanta, Ga. and the Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) and professional development conference in Little Rock, Ark.

The NHES recently published a document on revised standards. A training session was held for state teams to become familiar with these revised standards and performance indicators. The training was funded through a Center for Disease Control and Prevention grant.

According to Klarenbeek, HEAP is the only organization in the world that has developed assessment items that measure health literacy. She presented research that was co-conducted with Dr. Joanna Jones, assistant education professor at BHSU.
Klarenbeek and Jones have been collaborating to educate pre-service and in-service teachers to align health and reading to improve health literacy.

For more information, contact Klarenbeek at 642-6042 or SandyKlarenbeek@BHSU.edu or Jones at 642-6405 or JoannaJones@BHSU.edu.