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

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

Date: April 7th, 2015

Description: After viewing the webinar, participants should be able to:
– Define health literacy
– Characterize the health outcomes associated with low health literacy
– Identify strategies to communicate with low-health-literacy audiences

Recommended pre-webinar reading: Baur, C., Prue, C. (2014). “The CDC clear communication index is a new evidence-based tool to prepare and review health information.” Health Promotion Practice, 1-9.

Reflection Questions: What is health literacy? What are the health outcomes associated with low health literacy? What are potential strategies to communicate with low-health-literacy audiences?

Council on Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (2014 Version)

1A1, 1B1, 1C1, 1A11, 1B11, 1C11, 1A12, 1B12, 1C12, 2A5, 2B5, 3A1, 3B1, 3C1, 3A4, 3B4, 3C4, 3A5, 3B5, 3C5, 3A6, 3B6, 3C6, 3A8, 3B8, 3C8, 4A1, 4B1, 4C1, 4A2, 4B2, 4C2, 4A3, 4B3, 4C3, 4A6, 4B6, 5A2, 5B2, 5C2, 5A3, 5B3, 5C3, 5B6, 8A3, 8B3, 8C3, 8B9

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