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Health Literacy 101: Helping Your Patients Understand

Cost:  Free for Hope Dental Volunteers. $10 suggested donation for non-volunteers
Date:  January 31, 2019
Time:  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Hope Dental Clinic, 800 Minnehaha Avenue East, Suite 465, Saint Paul, MN 55106

This class is appropriate for all clinicians and students.

If you are interested in registering, please contact Jessica Flotterud.

What you’ll learn

Health literacy is the ability to find, understand, evaluate and act on health information. Nine in 10 adults in the United States have insufficient health literacy skills to adequately manage their health and the health of their family members. This can result in poor health outcomes, medication errors and non-adherence to provider instructions and recommendations. Participants will learn the basics of health literacy and develop strategies for addressing health literacy in a dental clinic setting.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

•  Describe concepts in health literacy, plain language and their importance

•  Understand the connection between health equity and health literacy

•  List some risk factors for limited health literacy and scope of the problem

•  Understand the implications of limited health literacy on patient understanding, health outcomes and health care costs

•  Apply plain language and teach-back in a dental clinic setting

Trainer: Genelle R. S. Lamont, PhD, MPH

Genelle Lamont is the Oral Health Surveillance Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Health, Oral Health Program, where she leads the Minnesota Oral Health Statistics System (MNOHSS). She holds past fellowships with the Directors of Health Promotion and Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council. Her research interests include oral health, infectious and chronic disease, environmental and occupational health, health disparities, GIS mapping and health literacy.

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