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Health literacy book features ADA trustee

September 10, 2015

By Michelle Manchir

Photo of Dr. Lindsey Robinson
Dr. Robinson

A book about health literacy featuring support from the California Dental Association and input from an ADA trustee is available for free download online.

The book, “Health Literacy, Past, Present and Future: Workshop Summary,” was released in August and is available for free download in PDF format at by searching for the title.

Dr. Lindsey Robinson, past president of the California Dental Association and ADA 13th District trustee, is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy.  The Institute of Medicine was incorporated into the Academies on July 1.

The book summarizes the presentations and discussion of a one-day public workshop held to assess the progress made in the field of health literacy over the past decade, the current state of the field and the future of health literacy at the local, national and international levels.

The book follows the 2004 release of the Academies’ “Health Literacy; A Prescription to End Confusion,” a report on the “then-underappreciated challenge of enabling patients to comprehend their condition and treatment, to make the best decisions for their care and to take the right medications at the right time in the intended dose,” according to the book’s publisher, National Academies Press.

Dr. Robinson said the Academies have been instrumental in moving the dialogue about health literacy forward. The ADA’s presence on the round table allows dentistry’s direct involvement in a highly regarded nongovernmental national organization with legislative influence, she said.

“Prevention has always been the cornerstone in the practice of dentistry,” Dr. Robinson told the ADA News. “Prevention is enhanced when health literacy principles are at the core of communication and there is a shared understanding between provider and patient that promote good self-management skills. It makes sense for the ADA to maintain the leadership role and continue its investment in the field of health literacy in dentistry.”

Other public health reports from the Academies are available online by visiting