In class, we talked about the difficulties of health literacy, and about some of the alarming things that can come from trying to navigate the health care system while health illiterate. The health literacy statistics I’ve seen, both in class and in reading for my article summaries, are fairly scary. Fortunately, some organizations, notably the National Institutes of Health, are working to address these problems. NIH has released the Clear Communication initiative, which “focuses on achieving two key objectives of health literacy: providing information in the form and with the content that is accessible to specific audiences based on cultural respect” and “incorporating plain language approaches and new technologies.” The website contains information for health care providers and recipients, with information about cultural respect, advice for communicating during appointments, and much more. Hopefully it can advance information literacy a little further.

 

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