Health Literacy from a Literacy Perspective (HLOL #41)

John Comings EdD is Principal International Technical Advisor at the Education Development Center in Newton, MA. Prior to this, he was Director of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) and a member of the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Comingsā€™s research and writing focuses on the impact of adult literacy programs and factors that predict persistence of adult education students in the U.S. and Third World countries. In this podcast, he talks with Helen Osborne about:

  • The literacy part of health literacy, including components of reading skills
  • The health part of health literacy, including functional skills within health contexts
  • Practical literacy strategies that health professionals can use today
  • Ways the health system can collaborate with the adult literacy system

More Ways to Learn:

Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 1, 21, 27.

Lee Joesten Talks About Generating Hospital-Wide Interest & Activity About Health Literacy (HLOL #6)

Leroy (Lee) B. Joesten is Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care at Lutheran General Hospital, part of Advocate Health Care in the Chicagoland area. He is an ordained Lutheran minister and certified hospital chaplain. Chaplain Joesten has developed ministries for the bereaved and those facing life threatening and terminal illnesses. He also has chaired Lutheran General’s Health Literacy Task Force since 2003.

In this podcast, he talks with Helen Osborne about generating hospital-wide interest and activity about health literacy. Topics include:

  • Why health literacy is important to address hospital-wide
  • Health literacy strategies, initiatives, and lessons learned
  • Wishes and vision for the future in terms of health literacy

More ways to learn:

Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 4, 11, 27, 41.

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