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Security Health Plan invests in the 2019 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit

“Understanding health information is critical to making healthy choices in life and when faced with health problems,” said Wisconsin Health Literacy Medical Advisor Paul Smith. That’s why Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc. is investing in the 2019 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit event held April 2-3 in Madison.

Health literacy doesn’t just affect those with limited English proficiency or low literacy. According to The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), only 12 percent of Americans are proficient in health literacy and 88 percent of Americans are challenged by the health care system.
Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) is a statewide organization promoting the importance of health literacy and clear communication between health care consumers and health care providers. Health literacy is defined as the ability to obtain, read, understand and use health care information and make appropriate decisions regarding one’s health.

The Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit brings together hundreds of health care providers, social workers, policymakers, researchers and more to focus on how to improve health literacy and engage individuals with their health care. The goal of the event is for attendees to implement ways to improve communication, increase engagement with patients and families, and identify areas in which health literacy can be improved within their respective work.

“Increasing knowledge and awareness of health equity and literacy is part of the mission of the Marshfield Clinic Health System. The Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit fosters increased health care knowledge within our communities, which helps people achieve their best health,” said Jason Shrader Vice President of Community Health and Wellness for Marshfield Clinic Health System.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit, call 608-257-1655 or visit http://wisconsinliteracy.org/health-literacy.