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Health Literacy: Its Importance to You

Class Details

Are you curious as to why health literacy is important to you or anyone in the healthcare field? This introductory hands-on class will help you understand why this is an issue in healthcare. We will define health literacy today, identify various types of literacy, explore the impact health literacy plays in patient care and discuss how health literacy will affect healthcare in the future.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Apr 8, 2019
1:30PM - 2:30PM ET
Instructor(s):
Michelle Burda, MLS, Education and Health Literacy Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 
1
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.
This class is now closed to registrants.

Are you curious as to why health communication and health literacy are connected? Do you want to be more effective in providing health information to consumers, patients, clients, library patrons or your community?  This introductory class to health literacy and health communication will help you understand and raise your awareness of the complexity of these concepts. We will define health literacy today, identify various types of literacy, explore how communication and health literacy affects how a person manages and makes health care decisions.  We will also discuss your role in raising health literacy awareness in your organization and offer ideas on how this can be achieved. NLM, government agencies and other recognized resources in health literacy will be provided.
This class is designed to be a 1 hour webinar to raise awareness of what health literacy is, how health communication is connected to health literacy and to provide resources to promote better understanding of health literacy.
 

Objectives: 
  • Define the meaning of health literacy and health communication
  • Recognize that health literacy is a complex concept
  • Recognize the impact communication and health literacy plays in one's healthcare management and decision making.
  • Locate health literacy resources.
  • Describe your role in raising health literacy awareness in your organization or institution.