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Health Literacy Events at U of M

GMR BlueBy Kate Saylor
Outreach Librarian
Health Sciences Libraries
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

In recognition of October as Health Literacy Month, the UM HSL Health LiteracyUniversity of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries organized a two-day forum with the aim of building a community network to improve health communication. This event closed our health literacy project that was funded with a GMR Health Disparities Subcontract. Another portion of this project included creating an online toolkit for improving health literacy that can be viewed here: http://guides.lib.umich.edu/healthliteracy.

On the evening of Thursday, October 22nd 2009, the Health Science Libraries (HSL) hosted a panel discussion of literacy statistics and local programs aimed at improving health literacy and health communication. A poster session followed, featuring 18 posters that covered a wide array of health literacy issues, research and tools. 47 people attended this event. Poster abstracts are viewable here: http://tiny.cc/HsNJ2. JUM HSL Health Literacyean Shipman taught the Friday, October 23rd morning workshop Prescription for Information: Addressing Health Information Literacy. 26 people attended this session that defined health literacy, the challenges that patients face in understanding complex health information, ways to recognize when a patient is struggling with health information and resources to improve communication. Photos from the event are viewable here: http://tiny.cc/eLQRt

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