May 4, 2011

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Project Learn to host health literacy conference

Did you know individuals with limited health literacy incur medical expenses that are as much as four times greater than patients with adequate health literacy skills? Or that nearly half of American adults have only basic or below-basic health literacy skills and have difficulty understanding and acting on health information?

To help combat these statistics, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Project Learn are hosting the inaugural Ohio Health Literacy Conference in partnership with the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health, MetroHealth System and Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio.

The event, which will take place October 11-13 at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel, aims to:

· Increase health literacy awareness

· Share resources to improve health literacy and ultimately, health outcomes

· Provide tools to increase health literacy capacity at the local, regional and state levels

The 2011 Ohio Health Literacy Conference will serve as a forum to discuss the relationship between health literacy and health outcomes; identify tools to use in daily practice to enhance clear communication with clients/patients; and identify health literacy resources which improve communication.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, encourages all health care providers, physicians, nurses, administrative staff, social workers, dietitians, health plan administrators, adult literacy professionals, public health professionals and health literacy professionals from hospitals, universities and other organizations throughout Ohio and surrounding states to learn more about this important conference and consider submitting an abstract.

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