Health Literacy Month

Ohlmo_logo-2006-300x300ctober is not just Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it is also Health Literacy Month! What’s that all about? Click more to find out!

According to, “Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information.” This themed month has been going on since 1999, spearheaded by its founder Helen Osborne, to create materials that allow people to understand health information better. I think we’ve all been to a doctor’s visit or in the hospital where we felt somewhat helpless or lacking due to our health knowledge. October is a month to advocate as well as understand health diagnosis as well as medical information in general.


Here is a short list of titles dealing with Health Literacy here at BU Library:

Oral Health Literacy: workshop summary

Health Literacy and Numeracy: workshop summary

Informed consent and health literacy: workshop summary

Health literacy: improving health, health systems, and health policy around the world: workshop summary

Health Literacy in nursing: providing person-centered care

Information literacy and lifelong learning: policy issues, the workplace, health and public libraries

Health communication: from theory to practice


Also, check out this ABC-WBIR story about health literacy month.


What do you use to find out information about your health? Let us know in the comments below!

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