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Health Literacy Month
October 1-31, 2019


CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF HEALTH LITERACY MONTH

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Only 12% of American Adults

are considered proficient in the health literacy skills they need to effectively navigate and use our health care system

Up to 90% OF Americans

may lack the knowledge and skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease.

$236 Billion Dollars

estimated cost health literacy costs the United States economy every year

4 times higher

health care costs for adults with low health literacy experience

SAFERCARE TEXAS & HEALTH LITERACY MONTH

Health literacy month Proclamation

Mayor Betsy Price of Fort Worth, Texas and our team proclaimed October 2019 as Health Literacy Month in Fort Worth. 

Health Literacy Month For Texas

Governor Greg Abbott declared October Health Literacy Month for Texas. 

Health Literacy Conference

We are cosponsoring and speaking at this year’s 14th Annual Texas Health Literacy Conference. Join us and community members for:
  • Education sessions
  • Peer networking events 
  • Posters presentations

You will discover new ideas that you can use immediately in your office and/or practice. Learn more…

IS Your web Lit LEgit?

Read our latest blog and find out how to help teens discern between health information “truth or trash” on the Internet. #KnowTruthfromTrash 

 

Health Talk Podcast

Our Clinical Executive and Health Literacy Expert, Dr. Wagner, interviewed with the radio show 930am The Answer for the Health Talk Podcast to inform audiences about the importance of health literacy and how it affects patient safety. Listen to full interview here

JOIN OUR Social Media Campaign

#Wordstolose

 

WE WANT TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF USING PLAIN LANGUAGE. 

 

WHAT’S PLAIN LANGUAGE?

Plain language uses words the reader or listener can understand the first time they read or hear.

 

JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN BY:

  1.  Downloading our #WORDSTOLOSE sign – DOWNLOAD HERE
  2.  Writing what health care phrase or jargon you will stop using so people can understand what you are saying
  3. Taking a photo with your sign and sharing it on social media with the hashtags #WORDSTOLOSE and #HEALTHLITERACYMONTH.
  4. Spreading Health Literacy Month by downloading our Facebook and Twitter cover image graphic – DOWNLOAD HERE

 

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WORDS OUR STAFF ARE PLEDGING TO LOSE

 

Drug Seeker

Instead of using the words "drug seeker," health care professionals should use "person with a substance use disorder."

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

Instead of asking "Do you have any questions?" ask your patients "Tell me what you understand about this medicine." or "I want to make sure I explained your medicine clearly. Tell me how you will take this medicine."

ABUse

Instead of using the word "Abuse," use the words "use or misuse."

HAVE QUESTIONS?