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Health Literacy Research and Practice: A Needed Paradigm Shift

Andrew Pleasant, Jennifer Cabe, Kavita Patel, Jennifer Cosenza, Richard Carmona. Health Literacy Research and Practice: A Needed Paradigm Shift. Health Communication.

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D.; CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A.; CRI Board Member Kavita Patel, M.D., M.S.H.S.; CRI Senior Advisor for Partnerships and Public Health Communications Jennifer Cosenza, M.A.; and CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS,  co-authored an article advocating the reframing of health literacy as a positive solution to improve health at lower costs. This reframing, from a perspective that too often focuses on the negative effects of low health literacy among individuals, presents to policymakers a clear choice to either adopt and promote the best practices of health literacy or suffer the consequences of ignoring a proven, viable solution to the currently unsustainable health care expenditures and ever-increasing burden of preventable disease, disability, and early death..