Akanksha Jaiswal and Ankita Arora are both Indian dentists. They observed the lack of reliable health information available in regional languages in India, and the upward phenomenon of Indians becoming digitally competent and seeking health information on the internet. Sehat Funde (Health fundamentals) is the brainchild of Akanksha Jaiswal, who is also a public health professional. Ankita and Akanksha have been working together to create a repository of evidence based health information content in Hindi, English, and other Indian languages in written and visual formats on their website and youtube channel. They share the vision of making reliable and accurate health information accessible to people in India regardless of their socio-economic background through this project.

Health Literacy Project

Atlantic General Hospital, in partnership with Worcester County Public Schools and the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland, decided to tackle health literacy at the grassroots level. Under motivated leadership from all partners, a pilot curriculum was developed that integrated health messages into coursework already used by second grade teachers from an identified elementary school. Pre and post testing of student learning on instructed elements of health literacy yielded a significant increase in students’ health literacy knowledge. This program is being expanded to include other grade levels in the 2014-2015 school year. Posted 2014.

Health Literacy Council

Our team has worked hard to host several events for health literacy month. true teamwork!!! Laura McNeely, Director Patient Experience is a rock star at leading our team!!!
we are hosting a health literacy fair with superhero theme… will wear capes…cupcakes with hero toppers…children’s book drive with chances to win child’s superhero costume and grand prize a bike…. health literacy education will roll out to teammates….host lunch/learn/webinar sessions and much more…I am proud to be part of this team and Organization!!! Posted 2016.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

It is estimated that over 286,000 Arkansans and 75 million Americans have low health literacy (NAALS, 2003). To raise awareness and kick off Health Literacy Month, we are challenging others to take the plain pledge Oct. 1 – 22. Take a “simple selfie” with a health-related word that you pledge to stop using or better explain. Post your simple selfie on our facebook page or Twitter @UAMS_CHL using the hashtag #plainpledge. Tag your friends and co-workers to challenge them to take the pledge. Participants will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win prizes., Posted 2014.

Pediatric Home Service

We have created and are continuing to create plain language definitions of critical medical speciality terms our clinicians use. These one-page glossaries are of particular help to interpreters who speak languages that frequently do not have companion terms for many English clinical terms. In those circumstances, without these glossaries, clinicians have to rely completely on the medical knowledge base of interpreters for accurate explanations of terms. Additionally, the plain language glossary definitions are useful to Customer Service staff when talking with patients’ families on the phone, regardless of language.

University of Delaware Extension, Iowa State University Extension, University of Maryland Extension, Michigan State University Extension, University of Minnesota Extension, North Dakota State University Extension, Oregon State University Extension

Faced with the Affordable Care Act requiring consumer decision-making; with research that demonstrated consumer confusion and a lack of funding for consumer education, these universities, under the leadership of the University of Maryland Extension and University of Delaware Extension, created the initiative. As a result, 1010 consumers participated in Smart Choice Health Insurance workshops. Using the American Institutes for Research standardized measurement of health insurance literacy, the team conducted pre and post tests. Statistically significant findings demonstrated the workshops worked. People of a range of diverse characteristics increased confidence and ability to make a smart health insurance purchase choice. Posted 2014.

Universidade Estadual do Ceará

People need to talk about health literacy since their early profissional training. Unfortunately, in general universities don´t include this theme in their curriculum. We developed an activity to celebrate health literacy month and to put this theme under discussion at our University.

Universidade Estadual do Ceará

HEALTH LITERACY MONTH IN BRAZIL – We need to begin at university
October is the month of Health Literacy, a time when the defenders of this knowledge field spread the importance of making health information understandable.
In Brazil, in a pioneer way, we held an event on November of 2015 called The Health Literacy Event: finding the right words for a better health!, according to the what was proposed by Helen Osborne. This event was organized by the research group of Nutrition in Chronic Diseases – Nutrindo, during the XX University Week of Universidade Estadual do Ceara, located in the northeast of the country.
The event occurred on November, 10th to 12th of 2015, during the afternoon. It did not take place on October because it was programmed to wait for the period of the University Week so that it could gain more visibility.
We developed audio-visual materials focusing 5 points: What is functional health literacy? How can the literacy be measured? What is the importance of literacy on your practice? In which times can you practice health literacy? Why is October the month of literacy?
The event was included in the main calendar of the State University of Ceara, in order to be repeated on November of each year, beginning on 2016.

Universidade Estadual do Ceará, Secretaria de Saúde do Estado do Ceará, Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Ceará, Universidade de Fortaleza, Centro Regional Integrado de Oncologia

A previous study of our group has found that people attended by the Brazilian public health service in the city of Fortaleza have inadequate health literacy. Thus, we have developed and executed a training program for the community health agents and for the health staff of the Family Health Support Unit based on the assumptions of health literacy, which made possible for these professionals to act among the health system users in order to expand the understanding of the messages for health promotion and prevention of chronic diseases. Professional representatives from all around the state of Ceará were trained. Posted 2014.

Atlantic General Hospital

With support of Worcester County Public Schools and the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland, Atlantic General Hospital has created an innovative way to increase health literacy in the public school classroom. Through the use of existing STEM standards, Worcester County teachers collaborate with health and education professionals to enhance current core subject area curriculum with key health literacy concepts. The mission is to not add to the workload of the teachers but increase health literacy through integration in existing lessons.
IHLP serves students in grades one through five county-wide. A sixth grade pilot program will begin implementation this school year. The program’s goal is to expand not only into the middle and high school classrooms county-wide but throughout the state and country. For more information, visit Posted 2015.

Goias Federal University

A previous study we identified the limited literacy among predialysis patients in a school hospital of the Midwest region of Brazil. To identify the HL was used Brazilian version of the Brief Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (B-THOFLA). However we believe that health literacy is more than reading and numeracy skills and so, we are currently validating a multidimensional instrument Health Literacy Questionnaire for assessing literacy in health to Brazilian population in order to explore the dimensions of the phenomenon and thereby reduce inequalities in health. Posted 2015.

Rutgers School of Health Related Professions
Respiratory Care Program
Program Director and Practical Anthropologist

ENGLISH FOR YOUR HEALTH: English Practice and Pronunciation – Learn English while you learn about your health. Come join the Respiratory Care students and faculty from the Rutgers University Respiratory Care Program at Long Branch Public Library, Long Branch, NJ – Thursdays 6:00-7:30PM
BACKGROUND: Limited English-proficient speakers often have a low level of health literacy in the English dominant society. Low health literacy creates a vulnerable population who suffer from poorer health related outcomes when compared to native English speaker. This program helps to increase health literacy while tutoring English. The learner gains needed language skills while acquiring knowledge about health.

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Hahnemann University Hospital

All shift directions are advocates for health literacy as a support for all families who enter our facility. Shift directors are able to provide real time education during rapid response/code situations or during rounding. We are also a resource for staff nurses to utilize during their shifts and for all the patients and their families! Posted 2016.

Pflugerville Independent School District

PfISD’s Wellness CHAMPS are dedicated to educating and energizing 3200 staff members to help ensure optimal learning for 24,000 students. CHAMPS collaboratively plan and implement district-wide and site-based strategies that empower teachers to own their health. The wellness program’s “From A to Z…OWN YOUR HEALTH” catch phrase aligns with the District’s mission “to provide a quality education with a commitment to excellence by facilitating learning in a safe and nurturing environment.” Posted 2015.

The Health Literacy Initiative (HLI) of the Pharmaceutical Marketing Research Group (PMRG), an independent, non-profit trade association ( founded in 1961 to stimulate the advancement of market research in the healthcare industry.

The Health Literacy Initiative (HLI), which is part of the advocacy branch of the Pharmaceutical Marketing Research Group (PMRG), was established in 2014 to drive change within the pharmaceutical market research industry and at the FDA. This coalition of dedicated volunteers works together to conduct original research and provide education, resources, and training. The goal is to increase the voice of patients in pharmaceutical market research at all levels of health literacy and, ultimately, enhance patient communications and outcomes. Currently, the Initiative is developing evidence-based best practices for optimizing patient information, and investigating the link between health literacy status and compliance with medication instructions.

Presently, the Initiative includes volunteer members from the following organizations:

Baltimore Research
Jim Kirk (independent consultant)
Sommer Consulting
TGaS Advisors
The Planning Shop International

Partnership between the Somali Family Safety Task Force and the Congolese Integration Network to provide youth mentorship for our immigrant and refugee students (and their families). Through this program, our students are able to pursue running activities that encourage lifelong health and wellness. More can be found on the following website and social media page, including upcoming events, partnerships, and photos:

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Those collaborating on Run For Change – namely, Farhiya Mohamed, Floribert Mubalama, Veena Krishna, Jessica Schreindl, Jim McCue, and Jordan Mutamba – are Health Literacy Heroes because they are directly addressing the health disparities that exist throughout South King County. This initiative is the first of its kind in South King County, and by creating a unified voice for immigrant and refugee families from different countries and cultures, Run For Change acts as a community-based approach to realizing greater health outcomes for all.

Community Healthcare Network – a network of 11 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in New York City that provides health care to over 75,000 patients annually.

Only 12% of Americans have a proficient level of health literacy; however, our health care system generally caters to this 12%, creating significant barriers to effective patient care. In 2011, Community Healthcare Network’s (CHN) senior leadership spearheaded an internally funded agency-wide health literacy initiative to address this issue. CHN’s health literacy initiative aims to improve patient outcomes by creating an organizational culture based on health literacy principles. CHN’s senior leadership has supported the implementation of policies and procedures that allow for the integration of health literacy into organizational structure, including hiring initiative staff, providing extensive staff trainings on health literacy, developing committees to increase staff engagement around health literacy, and incorporating health literacy into all strategic planning. CHN’s senior leadership has been crucial in the advancement of health literacy at CHN. Posted 2014.

Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

This TR team has a goal to help families stay safer and prevent child injury. This is done by “translating” published research into usable, health literate formats so the information quickly gets into the hands of those who need it most – families and caregivers. Health literacy is a foundation block of every press release, toolkit, blog/newsletter article, social media post, infographic, meme, and project website this team employs in their translation work. We also teach others, particularly public health people, how to more effectively convey their message.

University Health Network (UHN) – Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Toronto, Ontario, Cananda

With a growing demand on patients to take more active roles in their health, many are seeking medical information from sources such as the Internet. Yet, because 60% of Canadians lack health literacy skills, many will have difficulty using this information.
The UHN Patient and Family Education (PFE) Program ensures patients and families have the right information at the right time, meeting their individual learning needs across the continuum of care. We partner with healthcare professionals and build capacity within our large, multi-site organization to ensure staff have the knowledge, best practices, tools and competencies to ensure patients and families have the skills and knowledge to manage their care, make informed decisions, and ultimately, engage as partners in their care and lead healthier lives.
Our 3 strategic directions (2013-2016) define our commitment to mitigating the impact of low health literacy: 1) Ensure Quality Processes and Systems; 2) Build Patient and Family Education Expertise; 3) Elevate the Art and Science of Patient and Family Education. Posted 2015.