Why Your Organization Should Have a Health Literacy Plan!

Why Your Organization Should Have a Health Literacy Plan!

Is improving health literacy a high enough priority in your organization? Maybe you need big and small changes to communicate more effectively. If so, you need a plan in place to support and carry out those changes! The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy includes seven broad goals with multiple high level strategies that can be used as a framework for developing your own organizational plan or for providing a justification for your efforts to address health literacy.

Visit our, “Developing an Organizational Plan” webpage to get detailed information on the steps to creating an organization plan, which include but are not limited to:

  1. Identifying advocates
  2. Getting buy-in
  3. Creating the than
  4. Building awareness
  5. Monitoring progress
  6. Institutionalizing your plan

It is imperative that health organizations take steps to ensure information, products, and services are accessible and understandable. However, it is essential that those steps are coordinated and strategic to improve health literacy. You can also visit the CDC Action Plan web page to answer questions like, “Why does CDC have a health literacy action plan?” and “How can this plan help my organization?” Please take advantage of all the tools available on the CDC Health Literacy site and help your organization start changing today!

September Meeting!

Save the Date! – Free Training on the AMA Health Literacy Kit

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On September 23rd, BreastCare and the Partnership for Health Literacy in Arkansas (PHLA) will host a free training on how to use the AMA’s “Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help Patients Understand” educational kit. Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, ADH Medical Advisor for Health Literacy and Communication, will lead the training at the Arkansas Department of Health Markham St. offices in Little Rock. The training will also be available via adobe connect, so you can join from elsewhere. Kits are available for those who participate.


Contact BreastCare’s health educator at marisa.nelson@arkansas.gov  or Meg Mirivel at Meg.Mirivel@arkansas.gov  to learn more

Things are changing.

Our next PHLA meeting will be held on September 23rd 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. July and August have been cancelled. Keep up to date by clicking the Meeting Minutes & Calendar Tab above. Also, Keep your eyes out for a Save The Date coming your way.

New Health Literacy Training!!

Do you and your colleagues want to know more about ‪#‎healthliteracy‬? Start your Health Literacy Training Plan Today!

The Health Literacy for Health Professionals training plan features 5 courses created by CDC’s Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC). Learners begin with the introductory Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals course and then select one or more of the following courses to complete the plan:

  • Writing for the Public
  • Speaking for the Public
  • Using Numbers and Explaining Risk
  • Creating Easier to Understand Lists, Charts, and Graphs

OADC and CDC TRAIN created a national health literacy training plan to help build health professionals’ knowledge and skills consistent with new professional communication competencies.

The Training can be accessed here: https://cdc.train.org/DesktopShell.aspx?tabId=62&goto=browse&GoBackTo=19A9641&browse=learningseries&lookfor=2304

Health Literacy and Palliative Care

On July 9, 2015, the Roundtable on Health Literacy will hold a workshop featuring invited presentations and discussions of the effect of low health literacy on all aspects of palliative care.

What: Health Literacy and Palliative Care
Where: Keck Building, Room 100, 500 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 and online via free webcast
When: July 9, 2015, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
More Information: http://www.iom.edu/…/Public…/HealthLiteracy/2015-JUL-09.aspx