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Health Literacy

Did You Know?

It is estimated that only 1 in 10 adults have proficient skills in health literacy.  

Health Literacy is a social determinant of health.   

Older adults are the highest at-risk group for having only basic or below basic health literacy skills

What is Health Literacy?

man looking at prescription pills by a computer

Health Literacy is often thought of as an individual’s ability to obtain, process, understand and make decisions based on health information.   Yet, we are finding that it is far more complex than simply an individual’s ability.  We must also consider the complexities or demands that health systems and organizations place on individuals. 

In the Healthy People 2030 national objectives for “health professionals and others committed to improving health and well-being address public health priorities, an expanded definition of health literacy was proposed. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) It included the following: 

Personal health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others. 

Organizational health literacy is the degree to which organizations equitably enable individuals to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others. 

Trainings

Health Literacy 101 
90-minute training on the basics of health literacy 
Health Numeracy
90-minute training on numeracy related to health literacy
Plain Language and Teach Back Method
90-minute training on universal precaution strategies
RESPECT Model Introduction
4-minute video on using the RESPECT Model as a cultural competence health literacy tool.
RESPECT Model Overview
25-minute video on using the RESPECT Model as a cultural competence health literacy tool.
 

Did you take a training with us for Continuing Education Units? 

Many of our training programs have been evaluated by the University of Rochester's Center for Experiential Learning.  Information on how to access your transcripts can be found at the link below.  Please feel free to reach out to Karen Brown if you experience challenges.