Dr. Rima Rudd has been a member of the faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for over 30 years. Her work focuses on community health, inequities, and literacy related barriers to health information, services, and care. Dr. Rudd is one of the founders of, and leaders in, health literacy studies.
In this podcast, Rima Rudd talks with Helen Osborne about:
- An expanded health literacy model that includes multiple variables and actions. These include skills, texts, tasks, and contexts.
- Why and how this model applies to practitioners, researchers, and the lay public.
- Examples of ways that listeners of all professions and in a variety of settings can use this model to meet today’s health communication challenges.
More ways to learn:
- Context: HLE2. A tool to assess the health literacy environment of hospitals and health centers. Found under “Strategies and Tools” on the health literacy web site of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Healthhsph.harvard.edu/healthliteracy
- Policy: Kleinman, Baur, Rudd, Rubin (2019). “Health Literacy, Issue briefs to inform development and implementation of Healthy People 2030.” USDHHS. Learn more at https://www.healthypeople.gov/sites/default/files/HP2030_Committee-Combined-Issue%20Briefs_2019-508c.pdf
- Expanded Model: Rudd (2019). “Health literacy considerations for a new cancer prevention Initiative.” The Gerontologist 59(Supplement 1). S7-16. Available at https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/59/Supplement_1/S7/5491129
- Environmental Health Literacy: Simonds, Margetts, Rudd (2019). “Expanding Environmental Health Literacy – A focus on Water Quality and Tribal Lands.” Journal of health communication 24 (3), 236-243. Abstract at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10810730.2019.1597948?journalCode=uhcm20
- Math: Rudd, R. E. 2016. “Numbers get in the way.” Commentary, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. http://nam.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Numbers-Get-In-the-Way.pdf
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Many chapters of this book relate to this podcast, including “About Health Literacy”that focuses on how health literacy got started and why it remains as important today.