Be a Health Literacy Hero!
You may be asking yourself, “What is health literacy, and what in the world is a health literacy hero?” In short, health literacy happens only when a patient (and/or caregiver), and a health care provider truly understand one another; when there are no lingering doubts and no questions left unspoken or unanswered. In reality, there are many obstacles that interfere with this communication, including literacy skills, age, disability, language, culture, and emotional state. Health literacy skills help patients and/or caregivers know what healthy lifestyle choices to make, how to participate in treatment decisions and follow medial instructions, and how to ask the necessary questions and get clear understandable answers.
According to Health Literacy Consultant and Health Literacy Month Founder Helen Osborne, health literacy heroes are individuals, teams, and organizations who identify health literacy problems and act to solve them. Whether you are a patient, a caregiver, a researcher, or a health care professional, you too can be a Health Literacy Hero! Learn more about health literacy at healthliteracy.com, and the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ). In addition, our searchable database of citations contains many scholarly articles that explore the links between health literacy, media, and youth.
- Health literacy, problematic phone use, and self-harm
A study of over 20,000 Chinese junior and high school students finds significant correlation of both low health literacy and problematic mobile phone use with higher prevalence of non-suicidal self-injury.
- Media literacy education for adolescent sexual health promotion
A 2018 paper demonstrates favorable effects on adolescent outcomes related to both sexual health and media through the use of a classroom-based media literacy education program.
- Media exposure, interactive health literacy, and smoking
A survey of Japanese students in grades 7–9 finds that susceptibility to future smoking is associated with higher media exposure and lower interactive health literacy.
Also, here are some older articles from our legacy Database of Research (DoR):
- Adolescent health literacy
This cross-sectional survey study concludes that adolescents exposed to credible health care information have higher health literacy skills.
- Media health literacy
Over 1,300 teens were surveyed in this correlational study, concluding that media health literacy in teens directly relates to better health care choices and behaviors.
- Inaccurate Internet health information impacts high school students
Students need help to develop critical evaluation skills when using the internet as a health information source.
- eHealth literacy
In this correlational study in a classroom setting, researchers determined that middle school students’ eHealth literacy skills are not affected by approval from others or peer group influences, but by their own personal beliefs (norms) about using the internet to gather health information.