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To promote clear communication between those who give and those who receive health care services.

Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) is a statewide organization raising awareness of the importance of health literacy and fostering better communication between health care consumers and health care providers. WHL is a division of Wisconsin Literacy, Inc., a non-profit coalition of over 70 community-based literacy programs located throughout the state.  Donate to increase literacy skills statewide.


Health Literacy News

Donna Bohannon, RPh, MS, principal scientist at US Pharmacopeia (USP), and Bhumi Khambholja, PharmD, MSHI, project manager of Wisconsin Health Literacy, discuss how to adopt USP standards for labeling to increase health equity.

Watch the video.

Under the general direction of the Health Literacy Director, the Project Manager will help provide advice, technical assistance, and leadership in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating statewide health literacy strategies and interventions directed toward a broad audience including health and social service professionals, literacy professionals, and healthcare consumers. The Project Manager will also assist in developing and implementing fee-for-service contracts.

Every other year, the Project Manager will serve as one of the primary event planners for the Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit, a significant event in the field of health literacy.

Under the general direction of the Health Literacy Director, the Project Manager will help provide advice, technical assistance, and leadership in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating statewide health literacy strategies and interventions directed toward a broad audience including health and social service professionals, literacy professionals, and healthcare consumers. The Project Manager will also assist in developing and implementing fee-for-service contracts.

Every other year, the Project Manager will serve as one of the primary event planners for the Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit, a significant event in the field of health literacy.


What is health literacy?

The Institute of Medicine defines health literacy as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic information and services needed to make appropriate decisions regarding their health." 

Resources on health literacy

Why is it so important?

Literacy skills are the strongest predictor of health status, more than age, income, employment status, education level or racial/ethnic group. 

Health literacy was first measured on a national scale over a decade ago. The results revealed:

  • Only 12 percent of Americans are proficient in health literacy and 93 million Americans 16 years or older (43 percent of the population) read at the two lowest literacy levels.
     
  • Health literacy isn’t just an issue that affects people with limited English or low literacy skills; 88 percent of us are challenged by the health care system.

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