When most Americans leave their doctor’s office, they do not understand all of the doctor or nurse’s instructions. In fact, only 12% of Americans are fully health literate, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Health literacy means being able to understand and act on instructions from a doctor or nurse. This issue impacts all of us personally, while also making health care more expensive. It is something that doctors, nurses, receptionists, social workers, caregivers and patients can help improve.
The MetroWest Racial and Ethnic Disparities Workgroup has made health literacy a focus of their work. The Workgroup includes leaders from social service, medical, and housing agencies across the region. The mission of the Workgroup is to work towards the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in health, health care, and access to care for all MetroWest residents by providing education and resources that support health literacy and culturally competent services.
The websites and articles listed below have been reviewed by the group. There are many more resources available, so this list is only a starting point.