Health Literacy

Health Literacy Education Initiatives

The Gerontology Institute is committed to providing quality health literacy education for individuals serving older adults and caregivers.   We offer a variety of presentations, workshops, and trainings to empower individuals, professionals and organizations to become health literate.  

The 5 C's of Health Literacy for Home Health Aide

Health literacy plays an important role in providing effective services for clients and patients. It’s so much more than just about a person’s ability to read and understand health-related information. This one-hour training will cover what health literacy is and why communicating more effectively makes your job easier and improves outcomes for those in your care. 


Our Gerontology Programs Manager in collaboration with Ednita Wright, PhD, LMSW, CASAC,  took an opportunity to discuss the RESPECT Model in relationship to cross cultural communication and improving low health literacy.  

Health Literacy Workshops, Presentations, & More

We have developed and facilitate learning opportunities for organizations or groups that works  with older adults related to health literacy topics.  

Health Literacy FLGEC Video Library

 A library for students and professionals to improve health literacy awareness and universal precaution strategies for improving outcomes through health literate competencies.  

This project is sponsored by the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program # U1QHP28738.  This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors/speakers and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, DHHS, or the U.S. Government.”

Health Literacy Collection of Resources

There are several excellent resources available for professionals and organizations that were created to improve our competencies in communicating clearly, educating and empowering those we serve. 

Health Literacy Education Training Pilot Program

A pilot program created opportunities for organizations to embed a health literacy  champion in their organization to increase awareness and build competencies to improve  health outcomes for those they serve.  Since 2018, over 1400 individuals in upstate New York were trained in  health  literacy concepts as a result of this program.