Health Literacy: What is it? Why does it matter to health disparities? What can you do about it to advance health equity?
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Course Objective

  • Define health literacy
  • Characterize the health outcomes associated with low health literacy
  • Identify strategies to communicate with low-health-literacy audiences

Date: April 7, 2015

Reviewed June 30, 2020

Gretchen Van Wye, PhD, MA
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Vital Statistics
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

This webinar is an introduction to health literacy and why it is so important for health outcomes. This webinar also provides strategies public health workers can use to communicate with low-literacy audiences.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center