Health Literacy and Consumer Engagement Project
Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) and two partner organizations are working on a project to help consumers participate more in health care decisions and more effectively use health care services.
With funding through the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO), WHL is partnering with Covering Kids & Families Wisconsin to implement this two-year project, ending in May, 2016. The goals are to help consumers:
- Become more aware of various information resources to support their health care decisions
- Gain better understanding of health care quality and costs
- Enhance decision-making processes as they make their health insurance plan and provider selection, and healthcare utilization decisions
The project will also strengthen healthcare providers and health insurers in supporting consumers in their emerging role as active partners.
The project focuses on three primary messages prepared by WHIO for consumers about their health care:
- You have a role to play in getting good health care and good health.
- The quality of health care varies in important way that will affect your health.
- Your choice of primary provider is very important to your healthcare experience and your health.
Through developing and testing a panel of materials, teaching techniques, resources and data, this project will develop an effective set of tools and practices for organizations of many types to help consumers achieve their best possible health through increased knowledge and skills.
Health Literacy Summit
Over 350 people attended the 2017 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit, which focused on how improved health literacy can help individuals become more engaged with their health and healthcare.
An additional 80 individuals attended the Medication Label Summit centering on how improving prescription drug labels can help patient understanding. Visit our Summit page for more information.
Wisconsin Health Literacy is working with a patient advisory council to design easy-to-read medication labels. Our work has impacted about 3 million prescription labels in Wisconsin. Read more about this project.