Health Literacy is a loaded term. Every individual learns and or absorbs information differently. Some people learn more easily from informatics or healthcare visualizations, others appreciate researching diagnostic terms and or symptoms particular to the condition they are seeking reliable information on. Everyone is different, our DNA is not the same, our built and natural environments are all across the socio-economic strata, many variables to individual exposures, possible harms and or hazards. Social determinants of health is a current buzz term in health services, though in fact we have known (probably forever) that what happens outside the clinic is actually the larger piece of the pie when we are talking about health determinants or social – health outcome probabilities.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the 10th Annual Health Literacy Conference HARCX in Bethesda, MD. Boston University Medical Center organizes this research focused, educational conference. http://www.bumc.bu.edu/healthliteracyconference/ (@HlitConference) A number of PCORI Ambassadors attended the conference, we reviewed abstracts before the HARCX, asked questions during plenaries and workshops, reviewed posters during the poster session and wrote up our thoughts afterwards. https://www.pcori.org/research-results/2015/health-literacy-annual-research-conference
Healthy People 2020 defines 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.” http://www.healthypeople.gov/
International Health Literacy Associations IHLA expert Stan Hudson is a health literacy and health policy expert who is actively recruiting individuals who are interested in HL to come aboard with IHLA “Over the last decade he has led the development and implementation of health literacy education programs and curricula for consumers, health professionals, public health agents, consumer advocates, and health educators.”
The Health Literacy Tool Shed was one offering I was not really familiar with before the conference, this is an important tool for anyone interested in health education and health literacy: Found here:http://healthliteracy.bu.edu/
There were a number of national to internationally known speakers sharing their focus or specialized interest areas in health literacy throughout plenaries, workshops and available to talk with during networking and or poster sessions. More here: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/healthliteracyconference/2018-speakers/
I would like to thank HARC organizers and conference leadership: Michael Paasche-Orlow, Lori Henault, Katherine Waite and all the BUMC Health Literacy staff who help to bring the issue of health literacy to the forefront of health research, include patient centeredness at the core of their work and for including patients and family caregivers at their HARC conferences providing a learning opportunity for all.
Health Literacy and PCOR 2017 https://binged.it/2rFiwlH
Danny ‘s Blog : 2018 Healthcare Literacy in Research Conference https://www.health-hats.com/harc2018/