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Health Literacy: Strategies and Resources

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It is estimated that only 12% of U.S. adults have proficient health literacy, with nearly half of the population (90 million) having difficulty using and understanding health information. This includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, numeracy and conceptual knowledge. National data demonstrates that much of the current available health information is too difficult for average Americans to use to make health decisions. For example, people with low health literacy would have problems completing common health tasks, such as following directions on a prescription drug label or reading a short set of instructions to identify what is permissible to drink before a medical test. This is a profound problem that impacts individuals, families and the entire health care system. This inter-professional class will help to increase awareness of the problem, recognize the consequences of low health literacy, and provide practical strategies and tools to improve clear health communication. Attributes of a health literate health care organization and best practices will also be covered.

Find more information on health literacy in this guide from the UNC Health Sciences Library.

Presented by Terri Ottosen, M.L.I.S., AHIP
Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian at UNC HSL

Sponsored by the UNC IPE Steering Committee.

Related LibGuide: Health Literacy by Terri Ottosen

Thursday, April 5, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 527
Health Sciences Library
Terri Ottosen
Classes and Workshops  


Terri Ottosen
Lee Richardson