Health Knowledge as Power: Health Literacy Missouri Holds Summit

7 years 1 month 1 week ago Tuesday, September 13 2011 Sep 13, 2011 Tuesday, September 13, 2011 7:11:00 AM CDT September 13, 2011 in News
By: Kylie McGivern
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COLUMBIA - Getting correct, easily understandable health information can be confusing at times. But a health summit in Columbia Tuesday aims to clear up those missing links.

The 2nd annual Missouri Health Literacy Summit will hold its day-long conference for health experts from across the state, at the Hilton Garden Inn's Conference Center. At 8:45 a.m., the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, Dr. Howard Koh, will discuss the need for health literacy, the ability to make good health decisions, in meeting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The act was signed into law March 23, 2010.

According to the non-profit corporation, Health Literacy Missouri, 1.6 million Missourians have difficulty effectively using and understanding health information. This can mean anything reading insurance forms, to following directions on prescription drug labels.

The main goal of the conference is for professionals to share ideas on how to better educate the public, so they can confidently navigate the health care system, and in doing so, stay more safe.

Though the conference isn't open to the public, you can still join in on a live conversation by going to tweetchat.com, signing into your Twitter account, and following the hashtag # "healthlit." Also, Koh's speech will be livestreamed at www.livestream.com/healthliteracymissouri.

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