Improving Health Literacy Within a State – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 14 November 2011

Posted on November 15, 2011. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: , |

Improving Health Literacy Within a State – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 14 November 2011

“Nearly half of all American adults lack health literacy – an individual’s ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information.

In order to improve knowledge among these 90 million people, the IOM’s Roundtable on Health Literacy, along with the UCLA Anderson School of Management, held a workshop on November 30, 2010, to explore ways in which state-based organizations and individuals can work to improve health literacy. At the workshop, speakers discussed the clinical effects of health literacy improvement efforts, the economic outcomes of health literacy implementation, and the impact that various stakeholders can have on health literacy.

The roundtable brings together leaders from the federal government, foundations, health plans, associations, and private companies to discuss challenges related to health literacy and to identify approaches to promote health literacy in both the public and private sectors. This document summarizes the workshop.”

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