Health literacy has been called the first public health crisis of the 21st century. According to the Office of Disease and Health Promotion, 77 million Americans have limited health literacy, affecting their ability to understand health information and to navigate the healthcare system. This problem disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities, new immigrants, the poor, and those with low levels of education.
Health literacy – defined as the ability to understand, process, and communicate health information – is the focus of this year’s 4th annual Cultural Diversity Conference, featuring keynote speaker Victoria L. Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief nurse executive, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, and recipient of the 2013 Prism Diversity Award. Dr. Rich will address the scope of the health literacy problem, describe the attributes of a health literate organization, and provide participants with a roadmap for assessing health literacy within their own organizations.
“We’re in the midst of a health care transformation, and health literacy is a fundamental part of that process,” said Rich. “As providers, it’s imperative that we acknowledge the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse populations so that we can help promote better health care for patients across the nation.”
New this year!
The Cultural Diversity Committee is please to present a new interactive format for this year’s conference. Interactive sessions will include a panel presentation with a moderated Q&A on health technology literacy and a hands-on workshop on health literacy and cultural competence using examples, case studies, and proven strategies to improve patient-provider communication.Click here for more information about the conference including registration costs, a schedule of events, and a link to register.