IMPROVING HEALTH, HEALTH SYSTEMS,
AND HEALTH POLICY AROUND THE WORLD
Lyla M. Hernandez, Rapporteur
Roundtable on Health Literacy
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE
OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
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This study was supported by contracts between the National Academy of Sciences and Aetna; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (HHSP233200900537P); the American College of Physicians Foundation; America’s Health Insurance Plans; the Health Resources and Services Administration (HHSH25034004T); the East Bay Community Foundation (Kaiser Permanente); GlaxoSmithKline; Humana; Johnson & Johnson; Merck and Co., Inc.; the Missouri Foundation for Health (09-0290-HL-09); Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; and United Healthcare. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project.
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PLANNING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH LITERACY: IMPROVING HEALTH, HEALTH SYSTEMS, AND HEALTH POLICY AROUND THE WORLD1
DEBBIE FRITZ, Director for Policy and Standards, Health Management Innovations Division, GlaxoSmithKline
MARGARET LOVELAND, Senior Director of Global Medical Affairs, Merck & Co., Inc.
CLARENCE PEARSON, Global Health Leadership and Management Consultant to Nonprofit Organizations
ANDREW PLEASANT, Health Literacy and Research Director, Canyon Ranch Institute
SCOTT C. RATZAN, Vice President, Global Health, Johnson & Johnson, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives
WILL ROSS, Associate Dean for Diversity and Associate Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine
RIMA RUDD, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health
1 Institute of Medicine planning committees are solely responsible for organizing the workshop, identifying topics, and choosing speakers. The responsibility for the published workshop summary rests with the workshop rapporteur and the institution.
ROUNDTABLE ON HEALTH LITERACY1
GEORGE ISHAM (Chair), Medical Director and Chief Health Officer, HealthPartners
WILMA ALVARADO-LITTLE, Director, Community Engagement/Outreach Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, University of Albany
CINDY BRACH, Senior Health Policy Researcher, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
DARREN DEWALT, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina
BENARD P. DREYER, Professor of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine; Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Health Literacy Program Advisory Committee
LEONARD EPSTEIN, Senior Advisor, Clinical Quality and Culture, Health Resources and Services Administration
LAURIE FRANCIS, Senior Director of Clinic Operations and Quality, Oregon Primary Care Association
DEBBIE FRITZ, Director, Policy and Standards, Health Management Innovations Division, GlaxoSmithKline
MARTHA GRAGG, Vice President of Program, Missouri Foundation for Health
JILL GRIFFITHS, Vice President, Communications, Aetna
LINDA HARRIS, Team Leader, Health Communication and eHealth Team, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
BETSY L. HUMPHREYS, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
JOAN KELLY, Director, Consumer Experience, Humana, Inc.
MARGARET LOVELAND, Global Medical Affairs, Merck & Co., Inc.
PATRICK McGARRY, Assistant Division Director, Scientific Activities Division
RUTH PARKER, Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
KAVITA PATEL, Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery, The Brookings Institution
CLARENCE PEARSON, Consultant, Global Health Leadership and Management
1 Institute of Medicine forums and roundtables do not issue, review, or approve individual documents. The responsibility for the published workshop summary rests with the workshop rapporteur and the institution.
SUSAN PISANO, Vice President of Communications, America’s Health Insurance Plans
ANDREW PLEASANT, Health Literacy and Research Director, Canyon Ranch Institute
SCOTT C. RATZAN, Vice President, Global Health, Johnson & Johnson
WILL ROSS, Associate Dean for Diversity, Associate Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine
RIMA RUDD, Department of Society, Human Development & Health, Harvard School of Public Health
STEVEN RUSH, Director, Health Literacy Innovations Program, United Health Group
PAUL M. SCHYVE, Senior Vice President, The Joint Commission
PATRICK WAYTE, Vice President, Marketing and Health Education, American Heart Association
WINSTON F. WONG, Medical Director, Community Benefit, Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente
LYLA M. HERNANDEZ, Roundtable Director
ANDREW LEMERISE, Research Associate
ANGELA MARTIN, Senior Program Assistant
ROSE MARIE MARTINEZ, Director, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published workshop summary as sound as possible and to ensure that the workshop summary meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this workshop summary:
Sharon E. Barrett, SEB and Associates
Dianne Gordon Conyers, LaGuardia Community College
Yolanda Partida, Hablamos Juntos
Carol Teutsch, University of California, Los Angeles
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the final draft of the workshop summary before its release. The review of this workshop summary was overseen by Hugh Tilson, University of North Carolina. Appointed by the Institute of Medicine, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this workshop sum-
The sponsors of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy made it possible to plan and conduct the workshop Health Literacy: Improving Health, Health Systems, and Health Policy Around the World: Workshop Summary. Sponsors from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Nonfederal sponsorship was provided by Aetna; the American College of Physicians Foundation; the America’s Health Insurance Plans; the East Bay Community Foundation (Kaiser Permanente); GlaxoSmithKline; Humana; Johnson & Johnson; Merck and Co., Inc.; the Missouri Foundation for Health; and the UnitedHealth Group.
The Roundtable wishes to extend its appreciation to Andrew Pleasant for his excellent paper exploring health literacy practices around the world. The Roundtable also wishes to express its gratitude to the following speakers for their thoughtful and stimulating presentations: Franklin Apfel, Cynthia Baur, Jo Ivey Boufford, Jennifer Cabe, Nicola Dunbar, Federica Gazzotti, Steven Hoffman, Fikry W. Isaac, Ilona Kickbusch, Jacob Kumaresan, Diane Levin-Zamir, Jennifer Lynch, Don Nutbeam, Jürgen M. Pelikan, Scott C. Ratzan, Michael Rosenblatt, Kristine Sørensen, Suzanne Thompson, and Sandra Vamos. The planning committee members are also to be commended for their work in developing an excellent workshop agenda. Members of the planning committee were Debbie Fritz, Margaret Loveland, Clarence Pearson, Andrew Pleasant, Scott C. Ratzan, Will Ross, and Rima Rudd.
The New York Academy of Medicine
3 HEALTH LITERACY PERSPECTIVES
Health Literacy Work of the World Health Organization
Policies and Programs Promoting Health Literacy Globally
United States: Health Literacy and Recent Federal Initiatives
4 HEALTH LITERACY POLICY AND PROGRAMS
Health Literacy as Part of a National Approach to Safety and Quality of Life
Health Literacy in Italy’s Emilia Romagna Region
5 INNOVATIONS IN HEALTH LITERACY
Health Literacy in Israel: Policy, Action, Research, and Beyond
The European Health Literacy Survey
Health Literacy Communication(s)
Innovations from a Corporate Perspective
A Public Health Perspective for Health Literacy
The Evolving Concept of Health Literacy
A Commissioned Paper: Health Literacy Around the World: Part 1 Health Literacy Efforts Outside of the United States
Tables and Figures
3-1 Examples of Health Checklists
4-1 Examples of Health Literate Organization Outcomes
5-1 Examples from the HLS-EU Questionnaire
3-1 The rapidly increasing burden of noncommunicable diseases in the developing world
3-2 E-health architecture model
3-5 Program site in shantytowns of Lima, Peru
4-1 An intersectoral approach to health literacy
4-2 Key findings: Types of health literacy initiatives in Canada
4-3 Consumer-centered component of the Australian Safety and Quality Framework for Health Care
4-4 Types of health literacy strategies and approaches
4-5 Literacy and numeracy: essential lifelong learning throughout life events