Archie Willard is an ardent and articulate advocate for health literacy. He chairs health literacy workshops and participates in health literacy programs run by organizations including the Iowa Health System, American Medical Association, and the Joint Commission. In addition, Archie is a guest speaker at health literacy conferences across the United States. But he also didn’t learn to read until he was 54 years old. Update: Archie Willard died in 2017. He was in his mid-80s.
Archie Willard talks with Helen Osborne about:
- Growing up as a non-reader
- Learning to read as an adult
- How reading problems affect health understanding
- Ways we all can help
More ways to learn:
- Ask Me 3 (initiative to help patients ask questions), available at http://www.npsf.org/askme3
- American Medical Association Foundation’s “Health Literacy Kit” available at http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/9913.html
- Osborne, H. “In Other Words… Healthcare Communication From an Adult Learner’s Perspective.” On Call Magazine, April, 2004. Available at http://www.healthliteracy.com/article.asp?PageID=3749
- Osborne, H. “Health and Literacy Working Together: A Health Literacy Conference for New Readers & Health Professionals.” This report highlights a very important meeting of adult learners and health professionals in 2004. Available at http://www.healthliteracy.com/article.asp?PageID=7493
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 1, 3, 21, 27, 31, 41.