October 1 starts Health Literacy Month.
The observance marks a time for health organizations, literacy programs, libraries, social service agencies and others to work together to integrate and expand the mission of health literacy.
Studies consistently show that a significant number of people have problems reading, understanding and acting on health information. This impacts personal health and healthcare resources.
The federal government defines personal health literacy as the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others. Improving health literacy can lead to greater health equity, where all people can share in positive health outcomes.
For a toolkit of Health Literacy Month resources from the Institute for Healthcare Advancement including social media graphics, print materials, video assets and even Zoom backgrounds, visit https://www.healthliteracymonth.org/your-toolkit.