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Health Literacy: A Necessary Element for Achieving Health Equity

National Academy of Medicine. July 24, 2015. Health Literacy: A Necessary Element for Achieving Health Equity

This National Academy of Medicine discussion paper explores the connections among health literacy, health equity, and health disparities. The authors use the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program at Urban Health Plan in the South Bronx, NY, as an example of a successful health literacy intervention that has produced positive impacts for participants’ knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and – most importantly – health status. The paper was produced by members of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy.

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