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Region 5 Blog December 9th, 2021
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Health Literacy Month: Community Health Literacy

Posted by on October 15th, 2021 Posted in: Blog, Health Literacy


Today for Health Literacy Month, we are looking at community health literacy. What is meant by community health literacy?  According to a policy statement from the American Public Health Association, “An individual’s health literacy level is influenced by his or her language, ability to communicate clearly and listen carefully, age, socioeconomic status, cultural background, past experiences, cognitive abilities, and mental health. In addition, health literacy is affected by the assumptions and operations of health communicators and their respective health and social systems.We can think of community health literacy as the unique ways health literacy operates in a given community or population group. To encourage community health literacy, it is important to be culturally competent, practice cultural humility, and be aware of language needs within different communities.

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Daina Dickman, MA, MLIS, AHIP is the Assistant Director of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 5

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