In recognition of October as Health Literacy Month, the University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) organized a two-day forum with the aim of building a community network to improve health communication. On the evening of Thursday, October 22nd 2009, HSL hosted a panel discussion of literacy statistics and local programs aimed at improving health literacy and health communication. The panel discussion can be viewed in the box below.
A poster session followed the panel disscuion and featured 18 community programs aimed at improving health literacy. Poster abstracts can be viewed here and event photos can be viewed here.
On Friday, October 23rd 2009, Jean Shipman taught a morning workshop on improving health literacy. She discussed research and development of the Medical Library Association's health information literacy curriculum and then taught the program that they created. The workshop slides are viewable at the bottom of this column.