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Improving Health Literacy through Communication

About the Health Literacy Project

After five years of producing Caregivers, a weekly radio show focused on aging issues, WOSU understands what a pressing issue health literacy is, especially for older adults.

WOSU wanted to do something to increase health literacy, defined by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine 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."

So the station teamed up with the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging and Judith Brachman, former director of the Ohio Department of Aging, to work on the Health Literacy Project.

The group held focus groups on health literacy with older adults and caregivers and conducted interviews with doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.

The project's findings were used in several radio news stories by WOSU reporter Christina Morgan, and for this site.