Health Literacy is the ability to read, write, and communicate effectively in the healthcare environment. This means reading and filling out forms at the doctor’s office, understanding prescription medication labels, and deciding with the doctor the best treatment for an illness. Almost one third of the US population has trouble with these tasks. The elderly, non-reading adults, and non-English speakers are at the highest risk for being illiterate in the health world. People who are health illiterate will spend four times as much money on medical treatments throughout their lifetime, and they have a higher risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease (for more information, click here).
To address this problem, the Florida Literacy Coalition in Orlando, FL has created a publication called “Staying Healthy.” HLC tutors can use this text book with their ESOL and Basic Literacy students to cover topics like taking medication, avoiding chronic diseases, or eating healthy.
If you’d like to print just a few lessons for your students, download and print from this unit created by HLC.
Acrobat Reader Required Tutor Training Packet Tutor Guide Section 1 - General Vocabulary Section 2 - Take Medication Section 3 - Eating Healthy Section 3 - Eating Healthy (Part 2) Section 4 - Parts of the Body Section 5 - Medical Forms