October is Health Literacy Month

Posted on October 11, 2011



Over the last two years, the Mayor’s Health Line has been working to improve the health literacy of Boston area residents. 

Health Literacy is defined as a patient’s ability to access, understand, and act on health information.  Health care professionals must work to communicate health information to their patients in a clear and accurate way. 

Language and cultural barriers often arise between patients and health professionals.  Fortunately, there has been an increase in multilingual health information.  Especially because Boston is a diverse city, health professionals are becoming more culturally aware in their practices.

Because a patient’s ability to understand their health problems is just as important as treating them, there has been an expansion of resources, services, and literature to help clarify confusing health language.  Here are a few:

Free Online Courses on Health Literacy:

Videos on Health Literacy:

Health Literacy Websites and Resources:

Health Communication Academic Science Digest CDC Page: http://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/ScienceDigest/index.html?source=govdelivery

For more info, please contact the Mayor’s Health Line!

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