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Thinking Globally About Health Literacy at NYU — Oct. 21

October 6, 2009
n-68, 2009-10

On Wednesday October 21, the NYU Master’s Program in Global Public Health will present “Thinking Globally About Health Literacy,” a panel discussion featuring Gary L. Kreps, Ph.D., Isabel M. Estrada-Portales, M.S., and moderation by Renata Schiavo, Ph.D., M.A., at Vanderbilt Hall, Room 214, 40 Washington Square South. The two-hour program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Health literacy is a significant prerequisite to the effectiveness of how people make health-related decisions in the context of their everyday life - at home, at the physician’s office, the workplace, the market place, the health care system, on the internet as well as within their communities and spheres of political and professional influences. Health literacy-related issues influence (or should influence) the theory and practice of health communication-and more broadly public health-so that the needs of low literacy and vulnerable populations can be met in different countries and communities and within a variety of communication settings, venues, and channels.

Thinking globally about health literacy goes hands to hands with acting locally. Different concepts of health and illness, literacy levels, audience-specific barriers, cultural differences and several other factors all influence people’s ability to understand, process, and act upon health related information. These factors should all be considered in developing and tailoring audience- and situation-specific communication interventions that aim to achieve health and social behavior results and ultimately improve public health outcomes. This panel will start with an overview of health literacy issues and implications within a variety of communication and country settings. Special focuses will include health literacy implications and communication strategies within the context of interpersonal communication as well as vulnerable and migrant populations. The esteemed panelists will be:

Gary L. Kreps, Ph.D.- Eileen and Steve Mandell Professor of Health Communication, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, Director, Center for Health and Risk Communication George Mason University

Isabel M. Estrada-Portales, M.S., Director of Communications - Office of Minority Health Resource Center

Moderated by: Renata Schiavo, Ph.D., M.A. - Founder and Principal, Strategic Communication Resources; Adjunct Professor of Public Health - New York University

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This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Events and Traditions, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Robert Polner | (212) 998-2337

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