CHA News Article

October Is Health Literacy Month

This month, health care providers, community-based organizations and individuals across the globe will engage in a variety of activities that highlight worldwide Health Literacy Month – a time to raise awareness of the importance of understanding basic health information and making informed decisions. Since 1999, Health Literacy Month has spurred a wide range of events, including workshops for professionals, wellness programs for patients and the public and educational offerings for students. The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) reports that limited health literacy is a serious issue for patients and has been linked to poor health outcomes and high resource utilization. The Hospital Quality Institute joins NPSF in encouraging providers and health care organizations to show its Ask Me 3 video, a patient education program designed to improve communication between patients and health care providers, especially during Health Literacy Month. In addition, the Health Literacy Month website offers a handbook for planning and implementing events, checklists and other health literacy tools.