Chinese Americans; English language — Study and teaching — Foreign speakers; ESL Curricula; Health education; Health Literacy; Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B
Asian immigrants to the U.S. have an increased prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection compared to native born individuals; an estimated 10 percent of Chinese immigrants are infected with HBV. Using qualitative data from focus groups, we developed an English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) curriculum that aimed to improve knowledge about key hepatitis B facts. The curriculum was pilot-tested among 56 students aged 50 and older from intermediate-level ESL classes at a community-based organization that serves Chinese immigrants. Post-curriculum data showed increases in knowledge that hepatitis B can cause liver cancer (73% at pre-test vs. 91% at post-test; p value = 0.01) and that individuals can be infected with hepatitis B for life (34% vs. 81%; p value
Coronado, Gloria D.; Acorda, Elizabeth; Do, H. H.; and Taylor, Victoria M.
"Feasibility and Acceptability of an English-as-a-Second Language Curriculum on Hepatitis B for Older Chinese American Immigrants,"
Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice: Vol. 2
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/jhdrp/vol2/iss3/8