Note: This presentation is geared toward a wide audience of not only educators, but health care professionals, policy makers, public health employees and anyone interested in health literacy.
Health Literacy is defined as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health care decisions. Studies reveal that 50 percent of all adults in the U.S. have low health literacy and can't understand basic healthcare information. Low health literacy increases the risk of unnecessary treatments, death, illness, medical errors, longer hospital stays, and other complications. This webinar defines health literacy; describes the economic and human impact of this situation; and discusses strategies for individuals and organizations to improve their ability to understand and express health information more effectively.
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