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ERIC Number: EJ931980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2891
Health Literacy Education within Adult Literacy Instruction
Diehl, Sandra J.
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n130 p29-41 Sum 2011
Building health literacy skills among adult learners has the potential to contribute to efforts to eliminate health disparities and improve health outcomes. Adults with limited literacy skills are more likely to be underserved by health services and at risk for poorer health. Recognition of the need for stronger health literacy skills and a desire for improved health status has led to numerous directives and initiatives in multiple sectors. The "National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy" (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010, p. 2) highlights the critical role of adult education in these efforts, stating that organizations, professionals, and policymakers should "Support and expand local efforts to provide adult education, English language instruction, and culturally and linguistically appropriate health information services in the community." The report recommends that adult educators join the "health care system" and "child care and education" systems as one of three major systems charged with affecting health literacy in the United States. This chapter describes how health skills can be successfully introduced in adult learning environments. It presents three case studies as examples of a diverse range of health literacy programming possibilities. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States