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Health Literacy Month 2015
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October Is Health Literacy Month

Did you know…

  • Health literacy is more than just the ability to read and understand information; it involves listening skills, communicating thoughts, facility with numbers, and judgment.
  • By some estimates, only 12% of English-speaking adults in the U.S. are proficient in these skills.
  • Studies have found health literacy to be a stronger predictor of an individual’s health status than income, employment status, education level, or racial or ethnic group.

Join Us for Our Next
Professional Learning Series Webcast


Health Literacy: A Vital Sign for Patient Safety
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Time

Featured Speaker:
Karen Baker
Vice President of Mission Initiatives


The NPSF Professional Learning Series offers the convenience of continuing education and peer-to-peer collaboration in an online learning environment.


Register or learn more.


Stand Up for Patient Safety member organizations receive complimentary registration for an unlimited number of participants. Members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety at NPSF (ASPPS) pay only $20 for their individual registration.


Other Resources for Health Professionals
and Consumers

Use Ask Me 3 to Promote Clear Health Communication
Developed by health literacy experts, the Ask Me 3 program encourages patients and families to ask the following key questions of their providers to better understand their health conditions and what they need to do to stay healthy:

  1. What is my main problem?
  2. What do I need to do?
  3. Why is it important for me to do this?

Patients and consumers can view the the Ask Me 3 video at

NPSF encourages providers and health care organizations to show the Ask Me 3 video and share Ask Me 3 materials with their patients to help promote clear health communication.


Learn About Health Literacy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosts a resource-rich website that includes a list of state-level organizations working on the problem, as well as the CDC Clear Communication Index, to help health care professionals prepare patient materials that are more accessible.


What will you do this month to improve health literacy in your organization or community? Tell us about it on the NPSF Online Forum.

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