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November 16, 2013

Working together to increase health literacy improves health care for everyone

People with low health literacy are challenged to read, understand, and effectively act on basic medical instructions and information. Patients with low health literacy are less likely to comply with treatment or seek preventive care, and they are more likely to be hospitalized. The National Patient Safety Council states that no other single issue has a greater impact on health status.

Legacy Health, together with community partners, is hosting the third Oregon and SW Washington Health Literacy Conference on Friday, March 7, 2014 in Portland.  You're invited to join national and local experts sharing research and evidence-based practices to help increase health literacy and improve quality, safety and outcomes for all.

Nearly nine out of ten adults have trouble applying everyday health information.   It is a leading contributor to health disparities. Those over age 65 and communities of color are most at risk for low health literacy and its negative impacts to health.

Improved communication with all patients, particularly those with low health literacy, will be a critical component in health care delivery within the CCO and ACO environments. A significant proportion of the newly insured within health transformation will be low health literate. Implementing practices that ensure that patients understand and can act on health information in order to adhere to medical regimens is critical.

Communication strategies have been developed to improve patient-provider communication.  Research shows that adopting specific health literacy strategies with all patients, especially those most at risk, results in increase quality and safety for patients.

For conference details or to register starting November 18th, visit:  Continuing medical education credit is available.