State Official's Guide to Health Literacy

Organization: 
Council of State Governments (CSG)
Author: 
Matthews, Trudi L.
Author: 
Sewell, Jenny C.
Published Date: 
2002

This guide is intended for policymakers and other advocates wishing to improve health communication. The guide provides an overview of research findings on the issue of health literacy and a summary of the Council of State Government's (CSG) National Survey on Health Literacy Initiatives. Chapter One defines health literacy and offers evidence as to why it matters to states. Chapter Two discusses various stakeholders involved in addressing low health literacy and provides information on resources and information available from a variety of organizations around the country. Chapter Three summarizes the findings from CSG's national survey and highlights innovative programs and promising state approaches for dealing with low health literacy. Chapter Four offers state policy-makers a number of questions and data sources for determining the degree to which low health literacy affects their respective states.

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