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Toward a Global Research Agenda on Health Literacy

The World Health Organization has identified promoting health literacy as a key strategy to improve the health of disadvantaged populations and to reduce heath disparities in both developed and developing countries. 
As you read this, I’m preparing for the Worldwide Universities Network Health Literacy Workshop May 20 and 23 in Southampton, UK. It is my privilege to join this UK-based network of collaborators, about 35 health literacy researchers from 19 universities worldwide.
The collaborators will map out a global research agenda addressing two broad questions: 1. What role can health literacy play in addressing the social determinants of health and reducing inequalities? 2. How can we design and evaluate interventions to improve peoples skills to apply information  to maintain health, especially in low literacy groups?  These are the questions we’ve been addressing with Beginnings Guides since 1989.
I will present a summary of our program of action research on promoting maternal health literacy with Beginnings Guides and the Life Skills Progression. You can see project summaries posted at the Center for Health Literacy Promotion.  Also check the latest Beginnings blog.
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