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The importance of clear, plain communication is something that federal health and human service agencies are championing in addition to St. Vincent Charity’s local efforts. Below are some resources and presentations for providers and consumers.

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Government Agencies

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Questions are the Answers
Asking questions and providing information to your doctor and other care providers can improve your care. Talking with your doctor builds trust and leads to better results, quality, safety, and satisfaction.

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit

American Medical Association

Health literacy information and provider toolkit

Centers for Disease Control: Health Literacy: Accurate, Accessible and Actionable Health Information for All

Health Literacy: the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.

Recent Presentations

Health Literacy: What is it, What to do about it, Why is it Important? By Karen Komondor and Richard Peterson

Baby Basics: Bringing Health Literacy to Pregnant Women through Community Partnerships, By Angela Newman-White, Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Foundation Support of Health Literacy, by Heather Torok, Saint Luke's Foundation

"What Did the Doctor Say? : Advancing Health Literacy Through Joint Commission Standards and Initiatives, By Christina Cordero, Ph.D., The Joint Commission

KEYNOTE: "The National Action Plan as a Tool for Health Literacy Progress in Ohio," by Cynthia Baur, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control

Recent Posts

October 8, 2019

Health Literacy Institute Chair Discusses the Importance of Health Literacy with TV20 Cleveland

October is Health Literacy Month and Karen Komondor, chair of the Health Literacy Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, and Healthy Cleveland's Jessica Jurcak sat down with TV20 Cleveland to talk about health literacy in Cleveland and why ...continue reading

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August 29, 2019

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to host Ohio health literacy conference Oct. 4

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is partnering with Ohio Health Literacy Partners to host Building Health Literacy in Ohio: The Inaugural Ohio Health Literacy Partners Conference on October 4 at Ashland University. Since 2007, the Health Literacy I ...continue reading

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