Healthy Cleveland's Health Literacy Committee

Healthy Cleveland's Health Literacy Committee

The mission of the Health Literacy Committee is to create opportunities for Cleveland residents to learn about their health and well-being and connect them to resources that support health and wellness over their lifetimes.

You have a key role to play in your own health. Please take the time to understand health and the importance of health insurance. Because your health matters. A healthier you makes a healthier Cleveland.


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What is Health Literacy?

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions and to access the services needed to prevent or treat illness.

National data indicates that up to 80% of medical information is forgotten by patients, and about half of the information they do remember is incorrect. Low health literacy levels are linked to poor health outcomes and lower usage rates of preventive services.

Never be afraid to ask your doctor for clarification if you are unsure about health information being told to you-your health matters!


Coming Soon!

Be on the lookout for a Health Literacy Training webinar in Spring 2017, a tool that will help us all become more aware of health literacy principles and use them ourselves as we work towards creating a Healthy Cleveland!


How we aim to achieve our mission:

  1. Advocate for and support health literacy principles and practices as a core value of the Healthy Cleveland Initiative.

  2. Collaborate with community leaders and healthcare providers to improve accessibility of health information, resources, and services.

  3. Connect at-risk female youth and women to resources to ensure they are healthy before, during, and after pregnancy.


More information about our committee:


Co-Chairs:

Marie Joy Paredes
Program Manager, Office of Government & Community Relations
Cleveland Clinic

Ginny Pate
Executive Director
Carmella Rose Health Foundation


Point of Contact:

Marie Joy Paredes
Program Manager, Office of Government & Community Relations
Cleveland Clinic

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Active Member Organizations:


American Heart Association

Asian Services in Action, Inc.

CareSource

Carmella Rose Health Foundation

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Center for Health Affairs

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Office of Minority Health

Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland State University College of Health Sciences

Health Action Council

Medical Mutual

MetroHealth

Molina Healthcare

Moms First

Saint Vincent Charity

Seeds of Literacy

UHCAN Ohio

United Way Cleveland 2-1-1

University Hospitals – Seidman Cancer Center