The Challenge

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Nearly 9 out of 10 adults will have difficulty using everyday health information available in healthcare facilities, retail outlets, media, and community settings.

What We Do

Our Solution

Since 2010, HCIF has received funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) to advance health literacy throughout the Commonwealth. As the lead organization of the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition (PAHLC), HCIF works in collaboration with partners across Pennsylvania to improve health literacy on two levels:

  • Personal health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others.
  • Organizational health literacy is the degree to which organizations equitably enable individuals to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others.
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Program Impact

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PAHLC events have reached more than half of all counties in Pennsylvania, including rural, suburban, and urban areas of the state.

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Members reached by PAHLC communications
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Providers received health literacy training in PA
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Community members received health literacy training in PA

Program Timeline

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Program Details

For more information or to get involved, contact Sehrish Rashid, Project Manager.

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