APPLE (Allies Partnering with Patients for Literacy Education)

Partner Type


Description and Mission

We are a group of undergraduates and medical students working to improve health literacy--the ability to understand and communicate about health topics--in Columbia through a variety of client-centered programs. We work with pregnant teens and teen parents, senior citizens, parents of young children, elementary school kids, and the people who are uninsured that use MedZou. We work with clients individually and in small groups by facilitating workshops about health topics and communication strategies. We also partner with the MU School of Health Professions, School of Journalism, and School of Medicine. In the community, we work with Lutheran Family & Children's Services, the Boone County Council on Aging, CMCA/HeadStart, and MedZou. If you're interested in learning about health care in Columbia, want to gain a new perspective on navigating the health care system (through the eyes of one of the aforementioned groups), would like to help individuals understand their health care better, or are looking for a unique way to improve your communication and leadership skills, send us an email and we'd be happy to send you an application to become an Ally!

Special emphasis and skills:

Health Care Administration, Client Counseling, Adult Literacy, Community Specific Research, Delivery of Medical Care

Contact Information:

Kristin Montgomery

1021 Ashland #906
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (314) 580-3456


How to Serve

I want to earn credit for service (through service-learning)

In order to earn credit while serving on this project, please contact the MU Office of Service Learning online by submitting this form or calling us at 573.882.0227.

I want to volunteer

If you want to volunteer with this agency, please contact them directly through the contact information listed above.