October 9, 2012

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Project Learn to host the Ohio Health Literacy Conference

Nearly half of American adults—90 million people—have only basic or below-basic health literacy skills, leading to difficulty understanding and acting on health information. Persons with limited health literacy skills use more services, including hospitalization and emergency services and fewer preventive services.

The cost of low health literacy to the United States economy is $106 billion to $236 billion annually.

In response, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Project Learn are presenting the Ohio Health Literacy Conference October 26 in Cleveland, as reported by The Plain Dealer.

Health literacy is a patient’s ability to understand and act on health information AND a health care provider’s ability to communicate so patients can act on the information to take better care of their health. The Ohio Health Literacy Conference will serve as a forum for best practices, tools, tips and rationale for advancing health literacy. Health literacy field cuts across many lines of work, such as public health, clinical care and education.

The conference offers the opportunity for participants to hear national experts and learn best practices in the field. Dr. Cynthia Baur, senior adviser for Health Literacy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and author of the national action plan for health literacy, will present a keynote address and discussion.  Dr. Christina L. Cordero, associate project director at The Joint Commission, will also be a featured speaker. Her work is focused on standards development projects for the hospital and laboratory accreditation programs.

The conference will welcome 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 Northeast Ohio.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Project Learn are supported by many, including the hospital’s sister ministry, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, in presenting this conference. We look forward to welcoming many health care providers from across the state.

Click here for complete conference information.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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