Health and Literacy

The ability to obtain and use information to make important decisions about medical care is referred to as “health literacy.” It is a critical skill in maintaining your own health or that of a child’s. The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy estimated that 36% of adults in the U.S. had basic or below basic literacy skills. Adults with low literacy skills often struggle to access and use the healthcare system for themselves and their young children, posing increased developmental and health risks for the child.

Programs such as Raising Readers provide a foundation for strong reading skills for young children helping them succeed in school and life.

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