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ENG 366


Welcome to the University of Dayton Libraries' guide to ENG 366 with Professor Donelson. Click on the tabs to explore the many resources available to support the research requirements for this course.

Understand the Assignment

Project 3: Close to Home


To identify barriers to health literacy and healthcare access in a specific community and propose a specific solution(s).


You will need to identify 3 credible sources related to your research topic, scholarly academic or otherwise. Here are some possible examples:

  • Census data
  • Academic articles on health literacy in specific communities, health psychology, persuasion, visual rhetoric, public health, sociology, history, social media, medical ethics, specific medical conditions/risks/issues
  • Specific public health campaigns and studies of their effectiveness
  • Books and articles on health literacy (and other types/domains of literacy)
  • Personal narratives from people within the chosen community
  • Social media or news stories about health issues/campaigns
  • Articles about political movements, proposed legislation, etc.
  • Websites of nonprofits tackling the issue or advocating for the community
  • Interviews (perhaps on podcasts) with people who are organizing to solve the problem

General Instructions

  1. Brainstorm to create a list of communities you identify with or take a special interest in. These groups could be based on a long list of possible factors: race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, (dis)ability (including medical issues or conditions), profession, religion, location (region, city, neighborhood), legal status (re: immigration, incarceration), family structure (single parents, multigenerational households, etc).....
  2. Start with some preliminary research to determine what issues of health literacy/access are facing individuals in this community. This might include research on health literacy itself, or data on use of healthcare services, how many people are uninsured, average income, etc etc. This will vary widely depending on the community you are learning about. The “evidence” you are looking for could be data but might also include personal stories of individuals.
  3. Identify an issue you would like to focus on, and brainstorm solutions.
  4. Research how other communities have tackled this issue and/or solved it.  Use what you find to support your argument for what should be done.  

** You are making several arguments in this paper. At the very least, you are arguing that (1) there is a problem, (2) this is the cause of the problem, and (3) this solution will (probably) work.

Plan Your Project

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