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Tutor Tip of the Month: Health Literacy

You deserve to be understood and to understand!

California Literacy has a program devoted to health literacy. The California Health Literacy Initiative’s goal is to inform and partner with individuals and organizations to craft collective, lasting solutions which will positively impact the health and well-being of individuals with low-literacy skills, their families, and their communities. This plan for California will serve as a groundbreaking, national model for health literacy; currently, no statewide efforts of such complexity are being undertaken.

Simply put, health literacy is the ability to read, understand and act upon health information. Because much health information is not presented in plain language, individuals with lower literacy skills or knowledge of healthcare encounter barriers to following instructions, taking preventative care measures, and accessing services.

The California Health Literacy Initiative website has resources for tutors, learners and the public to understand health literacy and practice self-advocacy.

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