It’s Health Literacy Month – Be a Health Literacy Hero!

"Medical jargon avoid you must" sloganNine out of 10 adults struggle to understand and use health information when it is unfamiliar, complex and contains jargon. Limited health literacy costs the health care system money and results in higher-than-necessary morbidity and mortality. Yet ensuring patient materials and consent forms use plain, easily understood language sometimes falls through the cracks for busy physicians and researchers.

During Health Literacy Month in October, learn how to improve outcomes by making health literacy a priority. Becker Library offers free services and resources to help clinicians, investigators, staff and students improve written materials so they are easier to understand, and address the impact of literacy, culture and language in the health care setting.

Individual consultations and group presentations are available.
Contact Mychal Voorhees at (314) 362-4734 or

Health Literacy Infographic


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