The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.
Health Literacy Implications for Health Care Reform
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) extends health care access to 32 million Americans who previously had been uninsured. However, many of the newly eligible individuals who could benefit most from the benefits promised by the ACA, are perhaps least prepared to take advantage of those benefits. Due to low health literacy—the degree to which one can understand and make decisions based on health information—many people may have difficulty understanding what coverage they are eligible for under the ACA; making informed choices about what is best for them and their families; and completing the enrollment process.
Teaching Critical Health Literacy in the US as a Means to Action on the Social Determinants of Health
Elizabeth Mogford, Linn Gould and Andra DeVoght.
Health Promotion International Volume26, Issue1 Pp. 4-13
In spite of improvements in global health over the 20th century, health inequities are increasing. Mounting evidence suggests that reducing health inequities requires taking action on the social determinants of health (SDOH), which include income, education, employment, political empowerment and other factors. This paper introduces an alternative health education curriculum, developed by the US-based non-profit organization Just Health Action, which teaches critical health literacy as a step towards empowering people to achieve health equity. [Region VII OMH Weekly Update]