Health Literacy Group Plans 2011 Summit

By Sheila Ash

The newly formed organization Health Literacy Kentucky, or HLK, says it wants everyone across the state to have convenient access to basic health information that’s easy to understand.

HLK was launched during the first annual literacy summit held in Louisville earlier this year. The organization consists of representatives from healthcare, education, insurance, government and other groups.

Charles Jackson with Louisville based-Humana says everyone needs to be aware of the health literacy problem.

“Another clue is of course in the waiting room the staff it’s not just the doctor if staff notice that if someone is taking five or ten minutes to fill out a form that’s a very good indication that they have a real reading challenge. And so it’s being alert to all of those cues. And it’s a two way approach to health literacy, a team approach where everybody’s trying to work together for the benefit of the consumer,” he said.

Jackson says the organization also works with various ethnic community centers to help those with language barriers to better understand health information.

The Second Annual Kentucky Literacy Summit will be in Bowling Green March 24 – 25.