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Improving U.S. health literacy highlighted in report

May 24, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

Dr. Baur
Dr. Baur

Dental professionals interested in health literacy can read at no cost the proceedings of a 2017 workshop that reviewed community interventions that tackle low health literacy.

In May, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released “Community-Based Health Literacy Interventions: Proceedings of a Workshop.” The book, available to download online, features details from a July 2017 workshop of the academy’s Roundtable on Health Literacy.

Featured prominently in the proceedings is Cynthia Baur, Ph.D., endowed professor and director of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland. Dr. Baur is also a member of the ADA National Advisory Committee on Health Literacy in Dentistry.

The report discusses examples of community-based health literacy programs, evaluations of community-based health literacy interventions and dialogue among workshop panelists about moving forward.

“Dental professionals might find new ideas about how to engage with their communities and build understanding of health,” Dr. Baur told the ADA News. “The programs in the report extend beyond the education that dental teams do with individual patients. Dental professionals can partner with libraries, schools, adult education programs and many other organizations to help people find accurate, relevant health information.”

To download the report, visit NAP.edu and search for “Community-Based Health Literacy Interventions: Proceedings of a Workshop.”

Learn more about the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering , and Medicine at www.NationalAcademies.org.

Find other resources from the ADA on health literacy at ADA.org by hovering over “Public Programs” and then clicking “Health Literacy in Dentistry.”