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Importance of Culture on Health Literacy

National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow Raises Awareness About the Importance of Culture on Health Literacy.

Through a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Project, 2013-2013 Associate Fellow Diana Almader-Douglas evaluated and enhanced the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s (NN/LM) Health Literacy resource by adding content and resources related to culture in the context of health literacy.

By providing information about the relationship between culture and health literacy, the highly-utilized resource has the ability to impact a wider audience by encouraging the dissemination of culturally relevant health information by librarians and information professionals.

Through this project, the Associate Fellow aimed to raise awareness about vulnerable and special populations while highlighting the connection to health disparities and health literacy.

 

For more information about culture and health literacy, visit

Benjamin RM. Improving Health by Improving Health Literacy. Public Health Rep. 2010, Nov-Dec; 125(6):784-785. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2966655/pdf/phr125000784.pdf

United States Department of Health & Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA). Culture, Language and Health Literacy. Available from: http://www.hrsa.gov/culturalcompetence/index.html

United States Department of Health & Human Services. National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Outreach Activities & Resources. Multi-cultural Resources for Health Information. Available from: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/outreach/multicultural.html

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