Health Literacy Heroes are individuals, teams, and organizations who identify health literacy problems and act to solve them. There are many ways to do this. Here are examples of what Health Literacy Heroes have done in past years. Follow the links to learn about each story.
- Raise awareness about why health literacy matters. IHA has organized and hosted more than a dozen health literacy conferences that serve as a hub of learning. Mary Gynn introduced health literacy concepts to her nursing colleagues.
- Create materials that are easy to read, understand, and use. Health Information Translations provides free access to more than 3,000 health education resources in up to 18 languages. Massachusetts Health Quality Partners posts health care quality data in ways the public can understand. HELP (Health Education Library for People) is India’s largest patient education center.
- Partner with communities and colleagues to advance health literacy. Archie Willard encouraged “new readers” (adults learning to read, like himself) and clinicians to work together.Sinai Urban Health Institute Asthma Team helped more than 180 clients with asthma who live in underserved communities. North Carolina’s Wake Health Literacy Coalition educates professionals and the public about health literacy.
You can help. There are lots of ways:
- Encourage others to be Health Literacy Heroes. You are welcome to use either or both of the Health Literacy Hero images in your Health Literacy Month materials. These can include, but certainly aren’t limited to, handouts, banners, buttons, bookmarks, and postcards. Email Helen Osborne for the jpeg files, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Give an award to those you consider Health Literacy Heroes. Publicly thank those who are making a difference. To help, I worked with my graphic designer to create a Health Literacy Hero award that you can use. Email Helen Osborne for the PDF, email@example.com
- Inspire others to take action. Submit a listing to show the world how individuals, teams, and organizations are taking action and being Health Literacy Heroes.