Session: Health Literacy: Empowering Disadvantaged Populations
3100.0: Monday, November 17, 2003: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Health Literacy: Empowering Disadvantaged Populations
The ability to communicate oral and written health information in a manner that is assessable, acceptable, and appropriate to all individuals plays an important role in reducing health disparities. This session will explore issues of health literacy in culturally diverse populations and people with disabilities and the role of the public health workforce in assurances of these services. Healthy People 2010 has defined health literacy as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” Our speakers will discuss health literacy from the standpoint of language literacy and cultural relevancy, barriers to comprehension and access, and appropriate use of multimedia technology and other communication formats. They will challenge us to identify alternative methods of integrating health literacy information into practice as well as evaluate the impact that the newly acquired health literacy skills have on health decision-making and action and their congruence with health values and lifestyles.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, the participant will be able to: 1. Identify barriers to accessing appropriate health literacy information for at-risk populations. 2. Determine the relevant content and format of literacy information for culturally diverse populations and people with disabilities. 3. Consider ways to change practice for the assurance of access to health literacy information. 4. Value the empowerment qualities of health literacy.
Panelist(s):Rima E. Rudd, ScD
Charlene Pope, PhD, MPH, CNM
Aracely Rosales
Moderator(s):Henry Montes, MPH
Organized by:APHA-Equal Health Opportunity Committee
CE Credits:Pharmacy

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA