October is Health Literacy Month, a time when health literacy advocates around the world promote the importance of making health information understandable. This annual event actually started with a posting Helen Osborne made to the Health Literacy Discussion List in 1999.
Now is the time to start making your plans for Health Literacy Month 2007. Helen will join us for an informative discussion about how you can help raise local awareness about health literacy this October.
Helen has recently completed the "Health Literacy Month Handbook: The Event Planning Guide for Health Literacy Advocates" and will share some of her expertise in this type of event planning including creating a vision, building a team, running events, and measuring success. We hope that this discussion will be a forum for health literacy advocates everywhere to exchange ideas, share resources, and learn from one another.
Health Literacy Month Website
This website includes a searchable database of Health Literacy Month events as well as a form to submit how your organization is participating. The website has resources including a free downloadable Health Literacy Month logo.
Published as a column in "On Call Magazine", this article by Helen Osborne outlines some basics of getting involved in Health Literacy Month.
This article includes accounts from patients, providers and policy makers of why we all need to address health literacy.
We hope you can join us for this discussion! Please forward this announcement to all your colleagues and friends interested in learning more about awareness-raising events.
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