Health Literacy

Our mission is to foster the improvements in the analysis of health related phenomena among older minority; encourage the development of methods and measures that better capture the health and determinants of health of diverse elders; promote collaboration between RCMAR sites on analysis issues; and disseminate new knowledge in this area.

Health literacy

Assessing Health Literacy

created by the Penn Minority Aging Research for Community Health (MARCH), University of Pennsylvania

In recent years health literacy has emerged as an important variable that can potentially explain many health disparities, as well as observed differences in health utilization and outcomes. An extended discussion of the topic would clarify the distinctions between literacy and health literacy. Excellent overviews of the topic are listed below:

There are two widely used instruments for health literacy. Click links for a description and references.

Last updated June 2010