It’s Health Literacy Month…how much do you know?

What is health literacy?

According to a SurroundHealth article, health literacy can be defined as:

The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

                                                                                 -Institute of Medicine (IOM)

Did you know…?

  • One in 3 adults have “basic” or “below-basic” health-literacy skills and those with poor
    health literacy are more likely to have a chronic disease and less likely to get the health care they need.
  • Only 12% of the population is considered to have “proficient” health literacy skills.

It may surprise you how many people have a low health literacy rate, even in an educated population.

In honor of Health Literacy month, we will be sharing lots of blogs, resources, and articles with you surrounding this topic. Here are a few of SurroundHealth’s most popular resources to kick off this month of learning & sharing:

There’s more! Stay tuned as we will be sharing more materials with you throughout the month of October!

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