Network faithful are encouraged to check out the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy located at the University of Maryland. What is health literacy, you say? The Center defines it this way:
- Health literacy is the ability to get health information, understand it and use it to improve your health. Better health communication from health care providers, health systems and media can improve health literacy.
We sure can't argue with that and encourage you to check out the good work they do here. And then be sure to take a look at their Health Literacy Archive Project: Documenting Pioneers and Champions, this month featuring featuring AHRQ’s Cindy Brach as their first ever Health Literacy Pioneer of the Month. You can access a brief article and an interview about Cindy's health literacy journey here.
Health literacy is the wave of the future folks, so get on board. Be sure to check out the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, developed by the North Carolina Network Consortium, out of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. You can download it here. Plenty of applicability and ideas for children's mental health providers and advocates!