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Health Literacy

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.

Our services

ADVOCACY

We support our local, state and national programs, policies, strategic plans, and research activities related to health literacy.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

From conferences, panels, to teaching lectures, we participate in all types of engagements to bring awareness to health literacy.

TRAINING & HEALTH LITERACY PRINCIPLES

We provide on-and off-site courses in health literacy and patient communication safety practices.

PLAIN LANGUAGE

We review and provide guidance on editing health documents to ensure every patient can understand what he or she is reading.

CONSULATIONS

We partner with academic colleges, community organizations and government agencies to evaluate their health literacy environment and determine steps for improvement.

RESEARCH/PROJECTS

Our health literacy research and projects help to inform advocacy, speaking engagements and consultations. Additionally, our research and projects offer mixed-methods and interdisciplinary designs.

HEALTH LITERACY STATS

1 %
Design

Only 12 percent of adults have proficient health literacy, according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy.

1 %
Digital Marketing

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality states, “9 out of 10 Americans may lack the knowledge and skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease.”

$ 1 B
Support

Low health literacy is estimated to cost the U.S. economy up to $236 billion every year.

J. Vernon, A. Trujillo, S. Rosenbaum, and B. DeBuono. Low Health Literacy: Implications for National Health Policy. University of Connecticut, 2007.

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