January 6, 2022
In this Issue:
  • Meet Shelly
  • Grant County Member Spotlight: New Ideas for a New Year
  • Welcome Margaret Marcou to Our Team
  • Save the Date: The Big Share
  • Join Our Winter Virtual Conference
  • Save the Date for Health Literacy Summit
  • Grow with Google
  • iCivics Civil Rights Curriculum Resource
Literacy Success Stories
Meet Shelly
Shelly (name changed to protect privacy) worked long 12-hour days at a local factory to support her family. She wanted to get her high school equivalency. 

Her employer allowed her to change her schedule so she could attend classes at Grant County Family Literacy Services (GCFLS).

Grant County Member Spotlight: New Ideas for a New Year
As this new year begins, Grant County Family Literacy Services (GCFLS) is growing and regrouping with the changes and challenges of the pandemic.

“We're going through a transition stage right now and starting kind of new,” shares Marlene Klein, Treasurer of GCFLS, a literacy organization in existence since 1994.

Wisconsin Literacy News
Welcome Margaret Marcou to Our Team
Join us as we welcome Margaret Marcou to our team.

Margaret has over 10 years of experience in health care and clinical research. During her time as a clinical research coordinator, she increased the health literacy of patients by explaining how oncology clinical trials work. She has a Certificate of Global Practice and a Master of Applied Science in Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Certificate in Human Resources from Cardinal Stritch University. Some of the causes Margaret works and volunteers for are literacy, health equity, nutrition, and food security. She is excited to work for a nonprofit and advance health equity in Wisconsin.

She says, "Working in health literacy is so rewarding for me because it combines so many things that are important to me. Reading and understanding are very important to a successful life but so is being able to understand health information so one can advocate for one’s health and the health of one’s family. Having this education and knowledge is central to equity and social justice."
Save the Date: The Big Share
We invite you to save the date for The Big Share® on Tuesday, March 1.

The Big Share is a fun, easy, and flexible way to donate to Wisconsin Literacy and other organizations making a difference in our community.

The Big Share is hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin to support the organization’s 70 nonprofit members, including Wisconsin Literacy, who are advancing the local social and environmental justice movement.

Mark your calendars and get ready to make change happen.
Professional Development
Join Our Winter Virtual Conference
Join us from your home or office for our Winter Virtual Conference on February 7 - February 11, 2022.

Monday, February 7

Tuesday, February 8

Wednesday, February 9

Thursday, February 10

Friday, February 11
Save the Date for the Health Literacy Summit
Save the date for the Health Literacy Summit hosted by Wisconsin Health Literacy!

The Summit will take place in-person on April 4-6, 2022 at The Edgewater in Madison, Wisconsin. To provide a safe and healthy event, we will have pandemic precautions and requirements for attendance.

This year’s theme is "Embracing Health Literacy in the New Normal: Digital Communications, Telehealth, Health Insurance, and Health Equity."

Health Literacy in Communities Sessions for the 2022 Health Literacy Summit is one of four tracks and includes:
  • "Utilizing a Culturally Competent Approach to Design, Implement and Train Populations Served"
  • "HELO: A new student initiative in a virtual world"
  • "Improving Health Literacy Knowledge, Behaviors, and Confidence with Interactive Training"
  • "Developing Accessible Digital Mental Health Education Modules"
  • "Addressing Health Misinformation to Advance Health Literacy"

The Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit is the largest health literacy conference in the Midwest and provides the opportunity to share interventions, tools, and strategies to improve health literacy and patient outcomes.

Registration will open January 2022. WL Member rate is $175.
Resources and Funding Opportunities
Grow with Google
Through a special partnership with Google and COABE, adult learners may apply for a scholarship to participate in the Google Career Certificates program. Valued at $260, this is a true cost savings and greatly increases an individual's job options at the completion of this online training.

Two hundred scholarships will be awarded to adult learners by 1/31/22. Click the short application form link below.
Racial Justice Resources
iCivics Civil Rights Curriculum Resource
The Civil Rights unit covers the early days of the expansion of slavery in the United States through the momentous 1950s and 60s and into the modern Civil Rights Movement. Use primary documents, readings, activities and more to introduce your students to key concepts, events, and individuals of this facet of American history.

Thank You
Please send news you want to share to info@wisconsinliteracy.org so we can include it in the February 2022 e-news.

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