Health Literacy

What does health literacy have to do with participating in biomedical research?

Health literacy skills can help you make an informed decision about and actively participate in biomedical research.

Personal health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others. - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Healthy People 2030 initiative

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 9 out of 10 adults struggle with health literacy at least some of the time.

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How can health programming in public libraries be used to support participation in biomedical research?

  • Health programming in libraries can be used to help community members become aware of All of Us, sign up if they are interested, and actively participate as much as they wish.
  • Health Literacy programming can be leveraged by program participants to strengthen their capacity to participate in research.
  • Supporting health literacy skill building with program participants provides value to participants by helping them become more confident in using the information they receive back from the program to make informed decisions about their health and by finding and using for quality medical information online.

Whether you’re library is new at offering health and health literacy programming or you already have a slate of programs scheduled, reach out and see how we can help you help your patrons participate in research!

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This page was last updated on: 04/17/23 13:33