This past month of October has been Health Literacy Month, but educating others and keeping up with new developments does not end in two days.
Health literacy refers to a person’s ability to get the health information and services that they need, and also how well they understand them in order to make better health decisions (MedlinePlus). At a base level this requires the ability to read, but also a complex set of skills combining the ability to:
An example of a health literacy skill is called “numeracy”. Numeracy refers to being able to work with and understand numbers; for example, calculating the correct dosage of liquid medication for a child.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health literacy page, health literate organizations can help to remove barriers and improve health literacy by helping people to:
• Decide on health information and services
For further definitions and resources on Health Literacy from NNLM, go to our Health Literacy page at https://nnlm.gov/initiatives/topics/health-literacy