213353 Towards National Health Literacy: An overview of the National Action Plan to improve Health Literacy and Healthy People 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 12:30 PM

Sean Arayasirikul, MSPH, CHES , Health Communication and eHealth Team, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
Two national health policy initiatives are currently underway, shaping the course of health literacy in the next decade. The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy is currently being developed by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). Consisting of seven goals, the Plan outlines strategies on how to initiate a multi-sector response to improve health literacy. Healthy People 2020 health communication draft objectives support various domains of health literacy as an outcome. These will also be presented and discussed.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss health literacy as an evolving construct in Healthy People 2020. Describe the future direction of health literacy as human connectivity and internet use increases.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Health Literacy Fellow who is taking an active role in the production of the draft National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, a member of the HHS Health Literacy Workgroup, a team member of the Health Communication and Health IT Workgroup leadership for Healthy People 2020, and a member of the team at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) that develops and manages the website, www.healthfinder.gov.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.