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Rush, Steven R steven_r_rush at uhc.com
Fri Jan 22 14:01:39 EST 2010

Hi, I am the Director, Health Literacy Innovations for UnitedHealth
Group. I lead the health literacy initiative within the company. I
have several interests: ensuring the accessibility, understandability
and actionability of health information and bringing medical consumerism
into the k-12 and other educational environments. I have growing
awareness of the importance of math skills in today's health care

Interest one: I am interested in learning how math skills are tied to
navigating the health care environment and what might be done to help
enhance a consumer's ability to understand health, health plan and
wellness information.

Interest two: I am interested in any activity where people are using
health information as part of educational curriculum.

I thank you for your input.


Steven R. Rush, MA LP
Director Health Literacy Innovation
UnitedHealth Group Alliances
9701 Data Park Drive MN006-E500
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Office: 952-931-5975 I Fax: 952-931-4649 I
Email: steven_r_rush at uhc.com

-----Original Message-----
From: numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov] On
Behalf Of anita at gplc.org
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 8:31 AM
To: numeracy at nifl.gov
Subject: [Numeracy 30] Hello

My name is Anita Markowitz and I am a GED and ABE instructor with the
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. I have taught different subjects
to adults for about 15 years. Before teaching adults I taught first
My area of comfort is reading as I have a MS in Reading, but I teach
more math than reading in my GED class and in my beginning level ABE
class. I suspect that many of my beginning level students have learning
problems with math.
I joined this group to learn more about math and/or numeracy. I try to
keep word problems in my GED math class related to work and how they can
use math on the job. I have a question for the group. How do you get
adults to learn their multiplication tables? I have students (of all
ages from 18 to mid 70's) come into class and use various methods to
work out multiplication and division problems. (Some of my beginners
also make marks on scratch paper to add and subtract.) It takes a long
time and I can see how it hurts them when they test on the TABE test and
on the GED Math section of a Practice Test. They don't finish because
they don't know the multiplication tables by heart.

Anita Markowitz
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
Adult Education Instructor

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