Health literacy refers to the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Health Literacy Month, observed each October, aims to close the gap that exists between the way healthcare is communicated and the ability of most people to understand the information.
According to the National Action to Plan to Improve Health Literacy, nearly 9 out of 10 adults don’t fully understand routine health information. People who have difficulty understanding how to prevent and manage their health are more likely to skip needed medical treatment, go to the emergency room more often, and tend to make mistakes with their medications.
To build healthier communities, we need to work together. With clear communication, we can help people adopt healthy behaviors, follow medical advice, and understand their health insurance.
Health Literacy Ideas for Organizations and Professionals
Health Literacy Ideas for Individuals and Families
People make choices about their health every day, which is why understanding the information they hear, read, and see is essential for making responsible, well-informed decisions. Each of us has a role to play in eliminating communication barriers and improving how the health information is delivered.
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