Health Literacy Wisconsin (HLW) is a statewide organization raising awareness of the importance of health literacy skills and fostering better communication between health care consumers and health care providers. HLW is a division of Wisconsin Literacy, Inc., a nonprofit coalition representing a membership of 71 community-based literacy agencies.
"People understand health information and services."
"To promote clear communication between health care consumers and providers."
"We believe clear communication between health care consumers and providers helps people understand health concepts, make informed decisions, access the health care system and, ultimately, improve health outcomes."
What is health literacy?
The Institute of Medicine defines health literacy as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic information and services needed to make appropriate decisions regarding their health.” As such, an individual’s health literacy skills directly correlate to overall health and well-being.
Literacy skills are the strongest predictor of health status, more than age, income, employment status, education level or racial/ethnic group. (Partnership for Clear Health Communication)
Please contact us through this site or by calling (608) 661-0207 if you want to learn more or would like to become involved with health literacy initiatives in Wisconsin.
Health Literacy Wisconsin
A Division of Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.
211 S. Paterson St., Suite 260
Madison, WI 53715