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Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits and Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics

Class Details

This class is a 1.5 hour webinar, with MLA CE credit available. It will be given from 11:30 am-1:00 pm PST on Tuesday August 15.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Aug 15, 2017
11:30AM - 1:00PM PT
Ann Glusker, Research & Data Coordinator
This class is now closed to registrants.


Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class, participants will also be introduced to several tools that will help in the development of educational materials. Audience is anyone providing health information to the general public, including healthcare instructors, public and medical librarians, patient educators.


Participants will be able to:

  • To understand their role in risk communication and health numeracy
  • To understand risk and benefit statistics from a layman’s perspective
  • To understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand
  • To understand that numeracy is a key component of health literacy and shared decision making in managing one’s health

Course Materials

PowerPoint Making Sense of Numbers updated_4_17_17_508 compliant.pptx
Resource List Resource List Making Sense of Numbers.docx

Continuing Education

  • Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be emailed upon completion of class assignments.
  • This course qualifies for Medical Library Association, Consumer Health Information Specialization Levels 1 and 2.
  • MLA Course Listing

Course Developer(s)

Author: Michelle Burda, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region