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

Class Details

A basic introduction to communicating numerical health information in a way that is clear and easy to understand. This is a very basic class.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Region/Office: National
Oct 11, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM ET
Michelle Burda, MLS, Education and Health Literacy Coordinator

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:

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