Health Literacy Month
Date posted: October 2, 2017
October is Health Literacy Month.
In Canada health literacy is defined as “the ability to access, comprehend, evaluate and communicate information as a way to promote, maintain and improve health in a variety of settings across the life-course.”
Health literacy is an essential life skill. In Canada, 60% of adults and 88% of seniors have difficulty with health literacy.
In the following Tedx talk, Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick offers some ideas on what can be done to improve health literacy.
Click here for Examples of Health Literacy in Practice, a collection of different approaches that are being used across Canada to address health literacy issues.
If your organization or community is interested in starting a health literacy initiative, the Health Literacy in Community Organizations Toolkit has tips.