Two New Health Literacy Papers

The following was posted on the HealthLiteracy listserv.

Please check the Health Affairs’ web site for a new paper on health literacy and health policy by HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh and other HHS colleagues. http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2012/01/18/hlthaff.2011.1169 (You should be able to access this article for the next 2 weeks even without a Health Affairs’ subscription. The article will appear in their print journal in early February.)

Also this week, the Institute of Medicine Health Literacy Roundtable released a discussion paper on the Attributes of a Health Literate Organization. This brief paper is based on the Roundtable’s November 2011 workshop on the same topic. http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy.aspx

Both papers represent a major step forward for health literacy issues as a part of mainstream health policymaking.

Cynthia Baur; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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2 Responses to Two New Health Literacy Papers

  1. bonniezink says:

    Thank you for sharing these two very important and informative papers. I found the first (policy) to be of interest. I am currently researching developing health literacy programming for health practitioners working in Saskatchewan, Canada. The second (discussion paper the benefits of being a health literate organization) provides a concise and applicable check list (table) on the competencies involved in becoming a progressive organization that understands and promotes the importance of health literacy.

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