Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011).
Health literacy is a stronger predictor of health status than age, income, race, ethnicity, unemployment status, or educational level(Kutner, Greenberg, Jin, & Paulsen, 2006).
Low health literacy is linked to
higher rates of hospitalization
higher use of expensive emergency services
and poor health outcomes. (Berkman, DeWalt, & Pignone, 2004)
More than 90 million Americans could not adequately understand basic health information (about 9 out of 10) (National Assessment of Adult Literacy).
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2. Common Pathways is a coalition of Central Mass community organizations that work together toward the common goal of achieving a healthier community for all. You can get involved in one or more of their working groups. http://www.commonpathways.org