Planning Health Literacy Awareness Events April 23-27, 2007

Discussion Announcement

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.


Helen Osborne, founder of Health Literacy Month and author of the "Health Literacy Month Handbook: The Event Planning Guide for Health Literacy Advocates"

About the guest Speaker:

Recognized as an expert in health literacy, Helen Osborne M.Ed., OTR/L helps health professionals communicate in ways patients and their families can understand. She is president of her own business, Health Literacy Consulting, based in Natick, Massachusetts. Helen is also the founder of Health Literacy Month - a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of understandable health information.

Helen speaks, consults, and writes about health literacy. She is in her eighth year as a columnist for the Boston Globe's On Call magazine, writing about patient education and healthcare communication. In addition to the new Health Literacy Month Handbook, Helen is also the author of several other books including the award-winning Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message published by Jones & Bartlett. To learn more about Helen's work, please visit the Health Literacy Consulting website at

Recommended Reading:

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.

In Other Words...It's Time to Get Involved in Health Literacy Month

Published as a column in "On Call Magazine", this article by Helen Osborne outlines some basics of getting involved in Health Literacy Month.

In Other Words...Why Health Literacy Matters

This article includes accounts from patients, providers and policy makers of why we all need to address health literacy.

Other Words...Measuring the Effectiveness of Health Literacy Interventions
This article focuses on why it is important to measure the effectiveness of your health communication efforts.

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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