[Assessment 1228] LINCS Regional Resource Centers Sponsor Health Literacy Summits

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Maralit, Mary Jo MMaralit at NIFL.gov
Fri Feb 8 16:12:49 EST 2008

LINCS Regional Resource Centers Sponsor Three Regional Health Literacy

The National Institute for Literacy through its LINCS Regional Resource
Centers is convening adult literacy and health professionals in three
locations in February and March to share information about the research on
health literacy and resources for implementing health literacy programming.

Health literacy is often defined as the ability to read, understand, and act
upon health-related information. Improving health literacy may improve the
health status and quality of life of America's adults, especially among
adults with marginal literacy skills. The National Assessment of Adult
Literacy (NAAL) reported the extent of low health literacy in The Health
Literacy of America's Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of
Adult Literacy. About 22 percent of adults only had Basic health literacy
and 14 percent had Below Basic health literacy.

The LINCS health summits will share information on the state of health
literacy in the nation and address how partnerships among adult literacy
providers and health literacy providers can help in eliminating literacy
barriers in accessing quality health care.

For contact information and registration, please go to:

Region 3 will meet February 28, 2008 in San Francisco, CA. This summit is
sponsored by Literacyworks in partnership with San Francisco State
University College of Humanities, Center for Immigrant and Refugee Community
Literacy Education (CIRCLE); Community Engagement Program, University of
California San Francisco (UCSF); and Center for Vulnerable Populations,
UCFS/San Francisco General Hospital. Presenters include Dr. Dean
Schillinger, MD, University of California San Francisco Associate Professor
of Medicine, and various literacy providers and adult students.

Region 2 will meet March 5, 2008 in Atlanta, GA. This summit is sponsored by
the Center for Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee, in partnership
with the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy, Georgia State University;
Office of Adult Literacy, Georgia Department of Technical and Adult
Education; and Literacy Action, Inc. (Atlanta). Presenters include Cynthia
Baur (US/DHHS) and Dr. Yolanda Partida, UCSF Fresno.

Region 1 will meet March 25-26, 2008 in Indianapolis, IN. This summit is
sponsored by World Education and Kent State University/Ohio Literacy
Resource Center in partnership with Indiana Department of Education/Division
of Adult Education. Among the presenters are Paul D. Smith, MD, University
of Wisconsin (Health literacy: A clinician's point of view) and Andrew
Pleasant, Ph.D., Rutgers University (Advancing health literacy: Building
bridges). The summit will also highlight health literacy initiatives in
Wisconsin, New York, Iowa and Rhode Island.

Jo Maralit

National Institute for Literacy

mmaralit at nifl.gov

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