What Is Health Literacy?
Our health system is complex.
When people are in contact with health information, they may be feeling sick, nervous, or confused. This compromises their “health literacy” – the ability to find, understand, evaluate, communicate, and use information. Health communicators also rely on health literacy skills to help make information easy to understand and act on.
Health literacy is not about blaming or shaming. It is about creating alignment and mutual understanding. It is about teaching, acquiring and applying skills. It is about equity and making health information useful for all.
An Introduction to Health Literacy Video Presentation
Michael Villaire, MSLM, CEO at the Institute of Healthcare Advancement presents an introduction to the justifications, needs, history and impact health literacy plays within the complex facets of healthcare. This one hour video presentation is from the 17th Annual Health Literacy Conference titled "Strengthening Communities to Improve Health Equity and Health Literacy".