AHEC Comics Health Information Literacy Project

AHEC Health Literacy Comics

Series 3: Public Health

During the 2016-17 academic year, with funding from the National Library of Medicine, the South Carolina AHEC again created educational and entertaining comic books about public health topics. We welcomed students from the Bench to Bedside class at Winthrop University to join us for this series.

Not All Wounds are Visible comic book cover
Volume 1:
Not All Wounds Are Visible: The Mysterious Circumstances Known as Robert

This book was created by students from Winthrop University. In this story Robert, the star football player, becomes injured in a traumatic accident while on the field. He develops symptoms of PTSD and bravely seeks guidance from the school nurse and a counselor.

Activities

Check inside the book for journal entry and word find activities.

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Superbug is My Name...Resistance is My Game comic book cover
Volume 2:
Superbug is My Name...Resistance is My Game

This book was created by students from Winthrop University. In this the story, Brian underestimates the seriousness of an infection on his arm. His whole soccer team is exposed to an antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Activities

Check inside the book for word puzzle activities.

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Bronchial Betrayal: The Tale of Asthma comic book cover
Volume 3:
Bronchial Betrayal: The Tale of Asthma

This book was created by students from Winthrop University. This is the story of Jennie who must take frequent breaks during P.E. class due to asthma.Her friends misunderstand this behavior thinking she is just lazy.

Activities

Check inside the book for word puzzle activities.

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Series 2: Pediatric Burns & Public Health

During 2016, with funding from the South Carolina Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, the Medical University of South Carolina Pediatric Burn Center is teaming up with the South Carolina AHEC to create educational and entertaining comic books about fire prevention strategies. The book is out just in time for the holidays.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, students from Colleton County High School, Lowcountry Leadership Charter School, and North Charleston High School worked in teams to complete the second series of health information literacy comic books.

Burns Don't Take a Holiday comic book cover
Volume 1:
Burns Don't Take a Holiday

This book was created by the South Carolina AHEC in partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina Pediatric Burn Center with funding from the South Carolina Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation. In this book, we introduce two new characters. F.R.E.D. the Firehose and his buddy, Squirt, the fire plug. Since October is fire prevention month and the beginning of the holiday season, F.R.E.D and Squirt help a family create fire prevention strategies to keep them safe during the holidays.

House fires spread rapidly. Families may have as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. In 2013, more than 126,035 children across the U.S., including more than 67,000 children aged 4 and under, needed emergency treatment due to a fire or burn. Of all fire-related deaths, 87% are due to home fires and in 2013, 334 children in the U.S. died in home fires. Fires are not just a problem in the United States. Nearly 61,000 children around the world died in 2008 due to a fire or burn.

Burns don't take a holiday and fire prevention cannot take a day off either! Read this book with your children.

Activities

Evaluation Sheet for Students (PDF)

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Burn Prevention Video

Smoking Stinks comic book cover
Volume 2:
Smoking Stinks

In this book, our characters go on a journey to discover and learn about the impact smoking has on you and those around you.

Activities

Check inside the book for a crossword puzzle, glossary of key terms, resources, and more.

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Double Cup Dilemma comic book cover
Volume 3:
Double Cup Dilemma

In this book, our characters go on a journey to discover and learn about substance abuse and recovery.

This book was created by students at North Charleston High School in partnership with the Raise Up mentoring program.

Activities

Check inside the book for facts, resources, a glossary of key terms, and more.

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Mind Over Matter comic book cover
Volume 4:
Mind Over Matter

In this book, our characters go on a journey to discover more about depression.

This book was created by students from Colleton County High School in partnership with Lowcountry AHEC.

Activities

Check inside the book for facts, a word search, resources, a glossary of key terms, and more.

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Series 1: Public Health

During the 2014-2015 academic year, students from Colleton County High School, Lowcountry Leadership Charter School and North Charleston High School worked in teams to complete the first release of health information literacy comic books.

The Expert Investigators comic book cover
Volume 1:
The Expert Investigators

In this book, our characters go on a journey to discover and learn how disease spread and are prevented.

This book was created by students at Colleton County High School in partnership with Lowcountry AHEC.

Activities

Crossword Puzzle

Word Jumble

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Prescription Strength comic book cover
Volume 2:
Prescription Strength

This book tells the story of a high school athlete abusing anabolic steroids who turns his life around with the help of his coach and healthcare professionals.

This book was created by students at Lowcounty Leadership Charter School.

Activities

Crossword Puzzle

Word Jumble

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Choosing the Way comic book cover
Volume 3:
Choosing the Way

This book follows the story of Jennifer, a student being bullied at school for her weight, and her Aunt Michelle. With the help of their team of professionals, they start making choices for a healthier life.

This book was created by students at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School.

Activities

Crossword Puzzle

Word Jumble

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Coast in Crisis comic book cover
Volume 4:
Coast in Crisis

This book focuses on what actions need to be taken during an earthquake and in the 72-hour aftermath.

This book was created by students at North Charleston High School in partnership with the Raise Up mentoring program.

Activities

Crossword Puzzle

Word Jumble

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South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium educates, recruits and retains healthcare providers for the state.

South Carolina AHEC is a state agency that was originally established in 1972.

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