Theme: CECS

Supporting Health Literacy Among Black MSM

by Kurt Ragin Jr.

This lesson is designed to teach CECs how to support the health and wellness of Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) through increasing and sustaining their health literacy. This includes, but is not limited to, teaching what health literacy means, how to assess a client’s health literacy, and implementing tactics which promote health literacy.


By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Identify clients that are experiencing limited health literacy
  • Implement health literate tactics to advance communication with clients
  • Promote health literacy and deliver health literate HIV services to BMSM
  • Expound on the importance of organizational health literacy for BMSM

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Group Size

This lesson is written to be delivered to groups of practicing client experience contributors (CECs) ranging from 10–30 participants, with participants working in groups of five. If there are less than 10 participants there is no need to create small groups. The lesson has been written for one facilitator, although it can be cofacilitated.



90 minutes


Pens or pencils
Computer and projector
Stopwatch or timer
2 bottles hand sanitizer
2 boxes tissues
Fidget toys
Printed handouts