According to Healthy People 2010, health literacy is defined as
- The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.
- Health literacy is the ability to read, understand, and act upon health-related information.
93 million Americans have limited reading ability
- 29% have basic ability
- 14% have below basic ability
National Center for Education Statistics, 2003
Problems linked to health literacy
- Medication compliance
- Preventative Healthcare
- Poor Health Status
- Medical Costs
- Emergency room visits
Community Unification Initiatives (CUI) is dedicated to assisting individuals to apply basic skills instruction to their lives through health related tasks. The result of this empowerment will have a positive impact on individuals, their ability to follow the map through the healthcare system, and make improvements through health literacy.