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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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
11:30am - 1:00pm
Region/Office: National
Aug 15, 2017
11:30AM - 1:00PM PT

Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numbers. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from an individual'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 NLM and NIH 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 identify their role in risk communication and (health literacy) numeracy
  • To explain risk and benefit (numeracy) of health information from an individual’s perspective
  • To be able to clearly and easily communicate numbers
  • To recognize that numeracy is a necessary skill of health literacy and is a key component of shared-decision making when managing one’s health