National Literacy Trust Hubs: Understanding the role of literacy in public health (2015)

Added 01 Jan 2015

Improving health literacy will empower communities, reduce health inequalities, and reduce pressure on our public services. In this paper we present the case that low literacy negatively impacts on the health of communities in the UK.

The inability to access and interpret information stemming from a lack of basic skills presents individuals with a fundamental challenge to take control of their own health. As a result, health literacy skills should be considered an integral part of any public health strategy, and it is essential that literacy skills underpin such strategies.

This paper examines the National Literacy Trust Hubs, our own local area approach to embedding literacy support within communities and exemplifies how we are working on a shared public health agenda in conjunction with Middlesbrough Council, the James Cook Hospital, and a numerous other partners.