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October is Health Literacy Month

Health information literacy, or the ability to understand basic health information, has an important impact on health. Patients of lower socioeconomic status, or racial and ethnic minorities, are disproportionately affected by low health literacy. Raising awareness about health literacy and strategizing to improve communication is an important step in addressing health disparities.

October is designated as Health Literacy Month. See the web sites below to learn more about health literacy and get ideas for how to raise awareness.

Health Literacy Month: http://bit.ly/Rg5obX

MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/Rxa1Ps

Health Literacy Missouri: http://bit.ly/SMhIUE

CDC Health Literacy Activities By State: http://1.usa.gov/SMtZbO

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