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National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Health Literacy Web Site Enhanced with Cultural Resources!

The NN/LM Health Literacy web site now includes content related to culture in the context of health literacy. As part of a project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program, Diana Almader-Douglas evaluated the existing health literacy web-based resource at the NN/LM, and determined that it would be beneficial to address the importance of culture in understanding health literacy.

Culture is one component of health literacy, but it is also a critical element of the complex topic of health literacy. Culture shapes communication, beliefs, and the comprehension of health information. By enhancing the NN/LM Health Literacy web page with content and links to valuable resources about health literacy in a cultural context, users will be able to better meet the health information needs of vulnerable and diverse population groups they serve. The new content raises increased awareness about vulnerable and special populations, and highlights the connection to health disparities and health literacy. For a better understanding of culture and health literacy, consider visiting these additional resources:

Benjamin RM. Improving Health by Improving Health Literacy. Public Health Rep. 2010, Nov-Dec; 125(6):784-785.

United States Department of Health & Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA). Culture, Language and Health Literacy.

United States Department of Health & Human Services. National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Outreach Activities & Resources. Multi-cultural Resources for Health Information.

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