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Health Literacy Research and Practice

Health Literacy Research and Practice is an interdisciplinary and international publication dedicated to promoting excellence in research and practice to advance the field of health literacy, promote health equity, and reduce health disparities.

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“If you notice when health care is too complex, if you worry that public health is too complicated, then you’re interested in health literacy”. Michael Paasche-Orlow, MD, MA, MPH, Editor-in-Chief HLRP

Understanding and Advancing Organizational Health Literacy Within a Public Health Setting

In this study, Dr. Natalie Kružliaková and colleagues describe the use of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit to conduct an organizational health literacy needs assessment and improvement plan in a public health setting, the Virginia Department of Health. Assessment of staff and clients revealed strengths and weaknesses in organizational health literacy practices. Feedback guided efforts to improve organizational health literacy capacity. Many health and public health organizations can learn from this example and use the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit to improve services.

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Health Literacy: An Interactive Outcome Among Secondary Students in Beijing

In this study Dr. Guo et al examined health literacy among 650 students (ages 11-17) in Beijing. Study results showed that students with low self-efficacy, low social support, and low perceptions of positive school environment were more likely to have low health literacy, which in turn predicted poor health status. We will need to face the challenge of low health literacy across the lifecourse and in many contexts.

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