Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Future Directions for CPHA's National Literacy and Health Program

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Future Directions for CPHA's National Literacy and Health Program

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Since 1992, the Canadian Public Health Association's (CPHA) National Literacy and Health Program (NLHP) has worked in partnership with 27 national health associations to promote the links between literacy and health among health professionals in Canada. The program focuses on plain language health information and clear verbal communication in health professional practice.

This year marks the NLHP's tenth anniversary. To honour this occasion, CPHA held a National Partners Meeting on May 22, 2002 to celebrate the program's successes over the past decade as well as form a 5-year Action Plan. We took this opportunity to identify the many projects CPHA has undertaken in the past decade to address the health impacts of low literacy on Canadians and the role that health professionals, government and the pharmaceutical industry can play in better serving health consumers with low literacy skills. Highlights included: CPHA's Plain Language Service; the First Canadian Conference on Literacy and Health (May 2000); guidelines for pharmaceutical manufacturers on developing plain language patient information; and a research project to develop a national agenda for literacy and health research. …

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