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An Inter-sectoral Approach for Improving Health Literacy for Canadians

The Approach identifies the importance of improving health literacy as a crucial component of the determinants of health. Its three fundamental components (develop knowledge, raise awareness and build capacity, and build infrastructure and partnerships) are intended to guide and encourage collective and cohesive actions at federal, provincial/territorial, and local levels that will result in the enhanced health literacy of all Canadians.

http://www.phabc.org/userfiles/file/IntersectoralApproachforHealthLiteracy-FINAL.pdf

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Clear Communication: An NIH Health Literacy Initiative

Information pertaining to the NIH Health Literacy Initiative "Clear Communication". Information and resources are provided under the following headings: health literacy, plain language, clear and simple, cultural competency, and talking to your doctor.

http://www.nih.gov/clearcommunication/index.htm

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Improving Health Literacy Within a State – Workshop Summary

The IOM’s Roundtable on Health Literacy, along with the UCLA Anderson School of Management, held a workshop on November 30, 2010, to explore ways in which state-based organizations and individuals can work to improve health literacy. At the workshop, speakers discussed the clinical effects of health literacy improvement efforts, the economic outcomes of health literacy implementation, and the impact that various stakeholders can have on health literacy. The roundtable brings together leaders from the federal government, foundations, health plans, associations, and private companies to discuss challenges related to health literacy and to identify approaches to promote health literacy in both the public and private sectors. This document summarizes the workshop.

http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Improving-Health-Literacy-Within-a-State.aspx

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Facilitating State Health Exchange Communication Through the Use of Health Literate Practices – Workshop Summary

Deductible, co-insurance, out-of-pocket limits. Even to those with a basic understanding of health insurance, terms such as these can be difficult to explain and to understand. Under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, many more Americans will be eligible for health insurance through state insurance exchanges by 2014. Many of these individuals are among the 90 million American adults who lack basic health literacy – the ability to process and understand the information needed to make appropriate health decisions. The IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy held a workshop on July 19, 2011, that explored ways in which health literate communication techniques can improve communication to potential enrollees. The workshop focused on lessons learned from existing exchanges, the effect of exchanges on consumers, the relevance of health literacy to the exchanges, and the current best practices in developing materials and communicating with consumers. This document summarizes the workshop.

http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2012/Facilitating-State-Health-Exchange-Communication-Through-the-Use-of-Health-Literate-Practices.aspx

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Associations Among Health Literacy Levels and Health Outcomes in Pregnant Women with Pregestational and Gestational Diabetes in an Urban Setting

Poor health literacy is a problem for over 45% of American adults and is associated with a variety of adverse health outcomes. Low health literacy has been associated with poor prenatal care utilization and a higher likelihood of poorer glycemic control. Poor glycemic control can lead to poor birth outcomes for both the mother and infant. Health literacy levels of pregnant women with diabetes can influence these outcomes and need to be known early in the pregnancy. Interventions can influence tighter glycemic control and lessen the impact of diabetes for the mother and infant. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the associations among health literacy levels and health outcomes in pregnant women with pregestational and gestational diabetes.

http://etd.uthsc.edu/WORLD-ACCESS/McLaughlin/2009-017-McLaughlin.pdf

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Oral Health Literacy of Parents of Preschoolers

Masters Thesis: The aim of this project was to find the level of oral health literacy of parents of preschool age children regarding their child’s oral health. The primary objective was to improve the oral health status of preschoolers and to prevent early childhood caries. Methods: 117 participants (parents of preschoolers) completed a self-administered oral health literacy questionnaire. Associations between oral health literacy and sociodemographic variables were identified and also relation between parents’ oral health literacy and their attitude towards water fluoridation in Christchurch was identified using bivariate and multivariate analysis.

http://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/5116

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Health Literacy ; A global snapshot

An international perspective on health literacy initiatives (including USA, Canada, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Finland) with discussion on best practice and developing quality strategies for Victoria, Australia.

http://docs.health.vic.gov.au/docs/doc/Ms-Maureen-Johnson---Final-Report

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Health Literacy and Cancer Communication

This article from Davis et al. provides insight into the complex array of difficulties patients with low health literacy encounter in cancer screening and in understanding symptoms of cancer.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/canjclin.52.3.134/pdf

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Low Health Literacy and Health Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review

This article from Berkman et al. provides the research behind ARHQ's updated eponymous guide, providing a suggested health literacy research agenda. (Only the abstract is available without subscription.)

http://www.annals.org/content/155/2/97.abstract

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Health Literacy in Wales: A scoping document for Wales

This scoping report identifies a Welsh definition of health literacy, explores implications for Wales, provides an overview of current activities, considers measurement opportunities, and offers evidence-based recommendations for the Welsh Assembly Government’s consideration of how to improve health literacy in Wales.

http://www2.nphs.wales.nhs.uk:8080/CommunicationsGroupDocs.nsf/85c50756737f79ac80256f2700534ea3/a2588bc62b678a5b802578c70032b10e/$FILE/Health%20Literacy%20Scoping%20Document%20FINAL%20Sarah%20Puntoni.pdf

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