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Health Literacy is 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.
According to the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy’s (NAAL) report, fourteen percent of adults have below basic health literacy skills. Low health literacy is especially prevalent among adults who did not complete high school and Hispanic adults, who have lower health literacy than any other ethnic/racial group.
National costs due to low health literacy range from $106 to $236 billion a year in the form of longer hospital stays, emergency room visits, increased doctor visits, and increased medication. (University of Connecticut, 2007).
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To view the Staying Healthy curriculum and materials developed by the Florida Literacy Coalition through the generous support of the Florida Department of Education, Division of Workforce Education, please click here.
Florida Blue has awarded the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) a grant totaling $480,000 for the establishment of a statewide health literacy initiative. This grant places a new emphasis on health literacy in Florida and provides resources for local adult ESOL and family literacy programs to incorporate health literacy into their instruction.
As of 2012, the statewide initiative has provided mini-grants of up $5,000 to 62 adult and family literacy programs throughout Florida. With this grant, programs are able to increase health literacy awareness among ESOL students and families and provide information and resources to help them better understand the medical system and make wiser health decisions.
In addition to mini-grants, the Initiative provides training opportunities for teachers, tutors, and administrators on how to effectively incorporate health information and topics into their instruction. Florida Blue also sponsors a health literacy track at the annual Florida Literacy Conference focusing on promising practices and new resources in the field of health literacy.
This statewide program will utilize and build upon the recently released Staying Healthy ESOL curriculum, a free resource developed by FLC through a grant from the Florida Department of Education, Division of Workforce Education.
Florida’s adult education, literacy, and family literacy programs are uniquely positioned to help adult learners acquire important health information while developing their English language and literacy skills. Working with local health care providers and other community partners, this initiative promises to break new ground in engaging adult literacy in a grass roots approach to health education.
For a summary report of the progress made through the Florida Health Literacy Initiative, click here.