Health Literacy Public Health Forums: Partners for Action

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This "how-to" was designed to assist public health professionals and members of departments of public health to provide a state or local health literacy forum and thereby raise awareness about health literacy and links to health outcomes within your state, county, or city.

This forum provides a vehicle for raising awareness and for sharing ideas across sectors to build an action plan. It encourages, through the process outlined, to forge partnerships with the adult education sector and the library associations in your area as well as with a broad range of public health medical, dental, and nursing practitioners to initiate health literacy action.

The guide includes materials needed for planning and implementing a health literacy forum. Appendix C contains background information about the nascent field of health literacy research, links to the public health and medical literature, and what I hope is a convincing argument for action related to health literacy.

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