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Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC)

Health Literacy: A Tool for Effective Communication and Engagement

Health literacy involves providing clear and effective communication by the individual providing healthcare services and the individual receiving services. Despite the intent to relay information in a clear and concise manner, a disconnect sometimes occurs. Therefore, it is important to identify and address potential barriers when providing information to support well-being. Helping individuals who experience low health literacy is vital to enable them to effectively take care of their health or the health of a loved one. This webcast will provide an overview of health literacy, its role in the provision of healthcare services, as well as how to engage the community in in this process, lessons learned about preparing oral and written materials, and how to present and review health literacy techniques for direct service care. After viewing the webcast participants will be able to: Define the scope of health literacy beyond plain language; Describe three main strategies for using health literacy principles to communicate effectively with diverse communities; Identify resources to guide staff in becoming a health literate organization. Intended Audience: Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, local health department and community health workers, social workers