Health Literacy Workshops and Professional Development in April 2019
In this Issue:
  • Health Online Finding Information You Can Trust
  • Let's Talk About Pain Medicines
  • Meet Antonia from Adult Learning Center
  • Member Spotlight: The Kids Ranch
  • English Forward Training in Eau Claire and Elkhorn
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants
  • WLI Southeast Regional Scholarship for Post-secondary Ed Available
  • Administration Releases FY 2020 Budget Request - Severe Cut Proposed to Adult Education
Wisconsin Literacy News
Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit is going on now!

We will be interviewing Audrey Riffenburgh, President of Health Literacy Connections and Summit Speaker, about why health literacy matters.

Follow along on social media for up-to-date information and conference highlights:
Health Online Finding Information You Can Trust
Workshops for Community Members & Librarians
Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) is partnering with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Greater Midwest Region to host Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust. We designed this educational workshop at the end of last year. We started implementing it in Wisconsin to help users navigate the web, find reliable health information online, and make the most of their online resources.

The program includes a 90-minute community-based workshop that we will continue to host throughout the year. Community members use iPads provided by WHL to follow the presentation and get hands-on experience searching for health information.

We have also developed a train-the-trainer series for librarians. This 2.5 hour training is guided by a WHL professional. The goal is to train librarians to help community members find reliable health information online.  

Contact Caitlyn Mowatt at for more information.
Let's Talk About Pain Medicines
Workshops Coming Soon!
Back by demand, the popular Let's Talk About Pain Medicines workshops will be starting soon for the 2019 year. WHL, with support from Security Health Plan, is implementing 50 workshops throughout the state of Wisconsin. This program focuses on relavant and important information given our national crisis - how to safely and effectively use opioid medicine.

If you're interested in learning more about this program, contact Caitlyn Mowatt at or Kari LaScala at
Success Stories
Meet Antonia from Adult Learning Center
Antonia, a student at Adult Learning Center in 2018, completed her GED tests, earned a promotion at her job in security, and enrolled at MATC all within 8 months.

She started college-level courses even before crossing the stage for her GED completion ceremony in December.
Member Spotlight: The Kids Ranch
The Kids Ranch works with vulnerable children between the ages of 6-10.

Their holistic approach includes a school year literacy program and summer day camp program including a naturalist, art therapist, and certified social worker.

Professional Development
English Forward Training in Eau Claire and Elkhorn
Wisconsin Literacy is hosting a tutor training:

Dates: Tuesday, April 16, 9:00-5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 17, 8:00-12:00 pm.
Location: First Congregational UCC, 310 Broadway St., Eau Claire.

Dates: April 29th & 30th from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Gateway Technical College South Building, Room 103
400 County Road H, Elkhorn

*You must attend both sessions

The English Forward training is for tutors and instructors working with ELL (English Language Learners). The training includes how to use the English Forward framework and extensive practice of teaching strategies.  More information on English Forward is available on their website

The training is free for Wisconsin Literacy members and $35 for non-members.

Resources and Funding Opportunities
Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants
Youth Literacy Grant

Schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations who help students who are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:

Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs

Deadline to apply: May 16, 2019 by 10 pm CST
WLI Southeast Regional Scholarship for Post-secondary Ed Available
The Wisconsin Literacy - Southeast Regional Scholarship for post-secondary education offers awards through the Anne Marie Pawelke Scholarship Fund and the Nancy Fink Endowment Scholarship Fund to GED/HSED graduates who plan to attend a program of study at an accredited post-secondary institution. Scholarships of $1,000 (in two, $500 increments) may be awarded.
Advocacy News
Administration Releases FY 2020 Budget Request - Severe Cut Proposed to Adult Education
The administration just released its FY 2020 budget proposal, which seeks to cut domestic spending 5% below FY 2019. However, the proposed cuts are not made evenly across the board, as the administration is seeking increases for some programs – including $8.6 billion to complete the southern border wall, while making draconian cuts to other programming.
Programs within the jurisdiction of the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee were particularly hard hit with HHS and Education programs each proposed to be cut by 12%, along with a 10% cut to DOL.
Unfortunately, the administration also proposed to cut adult education by $156 million (24%) in their FY 2020 budget request. The good news is that the administration’s budget proposal was dead even before arriving on Capitol Hill today and key Congressional Members in both parties have indicated that they would like to negotiate a two year deal to raise the overall discretionary spending levels (or “caps"). Republican Members are particularly interested in making significant new investments in defense programs, while Democrats are pressing for more overall funding for domestic programs.
Even if the administration’s budget proposal is not being taken seriously, it is a shot across the bow to adult education. We have been working for the past three months to educate Members of Congress about the importance of adult education funding in FY 2020 and this draconian proposal only reinforces the importance of our collective effort this year. Please find attached a copy of the department’s FY 2020 budget proposal for key education programs

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