Written by Roseanne Ham, Administrative Assistant, Professional Practice

What can you do to support health literacy? Check out this short video.

Why is health literacy important? People with low literacy levels and limited health literacy are more likely to have poor health outcomes (Public Health Association of BC 2012: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2011). Across Fraser Health, 54 to 58 per cent of people between the ages 16 and 65 have limited health literacy (CCL 2003).

What can you do to support health literacy? Check out this short video and share it with your colleagues:

Health Literacy Basics for Health Professionals

This video was produced by Vancouver Coastal Health's Integrated Primary and Community Care team in partnership with the BC College of Family Physicians and the BC Ministry of Health in June 2014.

Find ways to improve health communications in your practice, your team, and your program. Where can you find out more? 

Go to Patient Education on FH Pulse.

Or, attend a health literacy workshop. You can search ‘health literacy' on the LearningHub for a list of these events:

  • Health Literacy – Develop Patient Education Materials to be held on October 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Health Literacy – Want to Improve Health Outcomes? Improve Health Literacy to be held on October 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Health Literacy – Improving Patient Health Outcomes through Patient Teaching: Teach Well with Teach Back to be held on October 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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