Educational Leaders’ Need for Health Literacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Adriana D. Glenn The George Washington University, USA
  • William Glenn Virginia Tech University, USA



child health, communicable diseases, crisis management, public health, risk management, school health services, scientific literacy


School leaders will face great challenges balancing the health considerations of students and school staff with powerful political forces demanding that schools reopen as early as possible. In order to navigate this new educational landscape, school leaders will need to work with medical and public health officials to acquire health literacy. This will enable them to understand medically accurate information while rejecting politically inspired misinformation they will receive in the coming year. Health literacy will be an important skill needed by educational leaders to make the best possible decisions during this unprecedented pandemic.  


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Author Biographies

Adriana D. Glenn, The George Washington University, USA

Adriana D. Glenn, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, The George Washington University, USA. Her major research interests lie in the areas of health literacy and health care disparities. Email:

William Glenn, Virginia Tech University, USA

William J. Glenn, JD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, Virginia Tech, USA. His major research interests lie in the areas of education law, education finance, and education disparities. Email:


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