Health care providers, educators, and insurance providers can help improve health outcomes by improving communication. Information needs to be clear and easy to understand, and there needs to be a process to confirm understanding.
Health literacy allows a person in a health-related context to find, understand, evaluate, communicate, and use information.
Health literacy is not just the ability to read. It involves reading, listening, writing, numeracy, the ability to ask questions and to make decisions.
Health literacy can be a stronger predictor of a person's health than age, income, or education.
It affects the ability to care for oneself, to navigate the system, to fill out forms, and to share information.
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Here is a link to a flyer to help raise awareness about health literacy.
(last updated October 1, 2016)