Health Literacy: The Impact on Health Care Institutions, Providers, and Consumers/Patients

This presentation will provide an overview of the growing recognition of health literacy as a key factor in consumer/patient empowerment for their own health, health information knowledge, and adherence to health care recommendations resulting in poorer health outcomes and major increases in healthcare costs. Evidence and recommendations for healthcare system changes, patient health provider/patient communication, the development and assessment of print and electronic health education materials, health numeracy, addressing needs of special populations such as seniors and those with limited English language skills, and national guidelines for health literate organizations as well as resources for best practices will be shared.

Dr. Simmons has been a public health educator and health promotion specialist for over 40 years working with government, community health organizations, private health foundations, healthcare organizations, and academic public health programs. He is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program for Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health. Dr. Simmons’ professional background and research interests are in community health education, health promotion and disease prevention, health literacy, and global health. Dr. Simmons is engaged in a multi-year hospital and community-based health literacy initiative funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health. He has also worked on health improvement initiatives with Latino communities throughout California and in the Mid-Atlantic region. Dr. Simmons is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar in Public and Global Health and has worked in Colombia, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay and Spain.

The Innovative Discoveries Series, sponsored by the Delaware Clinical & Translational Science ACCEL program and the Christiana Care Value Institute, features informal presentations on topics relevant to current research and healthcare practice, led by knowledgeable and experienced presenters. There are offerings for researchers, healthcare providers, and community members of varying levels of experience.

These free talks are held Fridays at noon at Christiana Hospital but can be viewed from your home or office computer. Earn CMEs by participating in-person or online. Lunch is served and all are welcome to attend.

To see the full calendar of events, visit the Value Institute Events page or the ACCEL website, or subscribe to the ID Series mailing list.

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  • Rob Simmons, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH