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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.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Oct 11, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM ET
Michelle Burda, MLS, Education and Health Literacy Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 
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.

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