Health Literacy: Its importance to You

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
NN/LM MAR University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System
200 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh PA , 15261
United States
Michelle Burda is the primary contact.
Phone: 412-624-1589
Resource URL:
Region: Pittsburgh

Description: Are you curious as to why health literacy is important to you or anyone in the healthcare field? This introductory hands-on class will help you understand why this is an issue in healthcare. We will define health literacy today, identify various types of literacy, explore the impact health literacy plays in patient care and discuss how health literacy will affect healthcare in the future. We will also discuss your role in raising health literacy awareness in your organization and offer ideas on how this can be achieved. NLM, government agency and other recognized resources in health literacy will be provided.

Experience Level: Beginning Plus
CE Contact Hours: 2.0
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services, Research + Analysis and Interpretation
Subject: Consumer Health, Evidence Based Health Care, Outreach/Advocacy, Reference Resources & Services, Subject Specific Resources, Teaching/Instruction
Course Type: Face to Face, Hands-on, Specialization, RML Offerings

Educational Objective: At the conclusion of the class participants will be able to: • Define the meaning of health literacy • Identify the various types of literacy • Recognize the impact health literacy plays in patient care • Identify methods to evaluate a patient’s health information literacy level • Identify health literacy resources • List the areas impacted by low health literacy in the future delivery of healthcare • Define your role in raising health literacy awareness in your organization or institution


Agenda for 2 hour class
Welcome and Introductions 10 min
What is health literacy,cost & statistics 10 min
Types of literacy & examples 5 min
Impact of health literacy-patient perspective video 15 min
Methods of evaluating and testing readability 10 min
Exercise 5 min 
Identifying problem areas and examples 15 min
Class discussion/sharing experiences 10 min
Oral Communication-misunderstanding & video 10 min
Areas of low health literacy that will impact future healthcare delivery 10 min
Discussion:Your role in raising health literacy awareness 15
Quick overview of resources 5 min

Need for This Course: More than 75 million English-speaking adults in the United States have limited health literacy. Health literacy is more complicated than assigning a grade level to reading materials for health information. This class is being offered as an introduction to health literacy and the complexities of this issue. With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, consumers who never had health insurance or who have had very little contact with healthcare professionals will be entering our healthcare system. There is both a need for healthcare professionals to understand what it is like to be this patient and also for the patient to understand the language of healthcare. This class will introduce attendees to these topics and provide them with a better understanding of the role they can play in raising awareness of health literacy in their organizations or institutions.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Slides, Learning Videotape, Discussion, Sharing/Self-disclosure, Role Playing, and Hands-on Exercises.

Participant Materials: Handouts will include: PowerPoint slides, Hands-on exercises, Resource list

Facility Requirements: Laptop or computer with audio and internet access. Projector with screen. Classroom seating arrangement should be conducive to discussion.

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