CDC launches new FREE eLearning course addressing health literacy, limited English proficiency, and cultural differences

9 out of 10 adults struggle to understand and use health information when it’s unfamiliar, complex or jargon-filled. Limited health literacy costs the healthcare system money and results in higher than necessary morbidity and mortality.

Health care professionals and non-medical staff can register for Effective Communication for Healthcare Teams: Addressing Health Literacy, Limited English Proficiency and Cultural Differences. The lessons and practice activities in this course help healthcare professionals assess their patients’ health literacy and language needs and practice culturally competent care.

Continuing education provided for

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Certified Health Education Specialists
  • Pharmacists
  • Certified Public Health Professionals

Register for this FREE Course today by setting up your CDC TRAIN profile and launching the course at https://www.train.org/main/training_plan/3985.

If you have questions please contact healthliteracy@cdc.gov

National Results of the Health Care Community Discussion

On December 30th, 2008, the Health Sciences Library hosted a Health Care Community Discussion in response to a call from the Obama Transition Team’s request to hold a conversation about health care reform. The moderators submitted a report of the discussion to the Transition Team web site. You can read an abridged version of the report from the library’s web site along with the results of a brief survey.

The national results are now available at Healthreform.gov. Americans expressed serious concerns regarding health care in the new reportĀ  and web site released by the Department of Health and Human Services. The report, Americans Speak on Health Reform: Report on Health CareĀ  Community Discussions, summarizes comments from the thousands of Americans who hosted and participated in the discussions across the country and highlights the need for immediate action to reform health care.