Finding the Right Words for Better Health

October is Health Literacy month, a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. This month-long focus on effective health communication began in 1999. Learn more about the history and goals.

Raising awareness and offering resources to help you better communicate with your patients is key to health literacy. Some resources include Health Information Translations, which offers culturally appropriate health education resources in a variety of languages. Access this resource.

Wake County also was recognized several years ago for its Health Literacy Coalition, which seeks to improve health literacy by offering help to clearly communicate about health through its volunteer clinicians, public health specialists, health educators and librarians. Health literacy is also a major focus of research and practice at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Learn more.


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