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Making health literacy real : the beginnings of my organization's plan for action
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    "This easy-to-use template helps you and your organization get started in developing your own plan to change organizational and professional practices to improve health literacy. Developing a plan for action does not have to be an overwhelming process and this template can help you think through the steps needed from getting buy-in and conducting an assessment to developing goals and monitoring progress. Two decades of research indicate that much health information is presented in ways that are not understandable by most Americans. It is imperative that public health and health care organizations take steps to ensure health information, products, and services are accessible and understandable. Improving health literacy requires changes in organizational and professional practices. In May of 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services released the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. This plan seeks to engage organizations, professionals, policymakers, communities, individuals, and families in a linked, multi-sector effort to improve health literacy. The plan is based on the principles that (1) everyone has the right to health information that helps them make informed decisions and (2) health services should be delivered in ways that are understandable and beneficial to health, longevity, and quality of life. The plan includes seven broad goals with multiple high level strategies for various stakeholders and provides a focal point for the field. By focusing on health literacy issues and working together, we can improve the accessibility, quality, and safety of health care; reduce costs; and improve the health and quality of life of millions of people in the United States." -- p. 2


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