The central objective of this project is the improvement of health literacy in underserved patient populations in Oregon through a the education of health professions students, providers, and interprofessional faculty and b the integration of appropriate information resources and communication practices into patient care. The underlying assumptions of this objective are that positive patient health outcomes will result from improved health literacywhich will result from improved provider competencies. While this project will not directly measure patient outcomes or health literacy attainment, it will develop and assess strategies for integrating health literacy competencies into didactic education and clinical practice. While some strategies will be specific to individual professions, health literacy will be promoted as particularly relevant within the context of interprofessional care teams as a set of shared competencies/practices that can leverage the interprofessional model to improve patient understanding of their health and healthcare.
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