Health literacy matters
The need to build stronger health literacy for a healthier society
In the last 18 months we have been bombarded with a lot of health information. It’s been hard to keep on top of the amount of new information we hear every day about COVID-19, the restrictions and protections. However, for those with unmet literacy, numeracy and digital literacy needs it can be especially difficult to understand and act on public health information.
Join our webinar on Wednesday 22 September at 1pm where we will discuss where Ireland stands in terms of health literacy, what health services can be like for an adult with literacy needs and the importance of language when dealing with health issues.
Lucy Bruton from the Department of Health will present preliminary findings from Ireland from the new International health literacy survey.
Michael Duffy, an adult literacy student, will talk about his experience of dealing with health services.
Professor Fergus Shanahan, emeritus professor of medicine at University College Cork and author of ‘The Language of Illness’, will discuss the ways in which language may act as a barrier in illness, and proposes practical ways to dismantle these barriers.
This webinar is part of our Literacy for Life webinar series, running every Wednesday at lunchtime throughout September.
Once you register at the link below you will then receive an email from Zoom with a link to join the webinar on 22 September.