Health Literacy Month
October is Health Literacy Month, a month dedicated to promoting the importance of understandable health information. The month was first honored as an annual worldwide event in 1999 and continues to be an important initiative in addressing inequities in health literacy.
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.” According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, “low literacy has been linked to poor health outcomes such as higher rates of hospitalization and less frequent use of preventive services.”
The year’s theme for Health Literacy Month is “Be a Health Literacy Hero.” This encourages taking action to improve health communication between patients and providers and raising awareness about health literacy to address health disparities. Anyone can be a health literacy hero – an individual, a group of people, or an organization. Learn how to be a health literacy hero by exploring the links and resources below and be sure to check out some of the events Reaching HEALthy and the Central Parkway Library are hosting for this month.