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Center for Health Literacy: Voices of Health Literacy

Voices of Health Literacy

Voices of Health Literacy is the Center's multimedia project to feature UMD students, faculty, and staff perspectives on and experiences with health information, communication, and services. Maris Medina, the Center's communications intern, interviewed students on campus — encompassing different backgrounds and majors — about how health literacy affects their lives. The first phase of the project focuses on students and will expand to faculty and staff in the near future.

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What is Health Literacy Slide with a picture of Suna, a student, and the quote "If we want to break it down to what's really important in making sure our communities are healthy, it's making sure people are getting proper information...It's the start of everything - the start of helping, curing, finding treatments."
Voices of Health Literacy: Suna
Voices of Health Literacy slide with a quote from a student named Uchechi that reads "Just being able to understand and comprehend and being able to write health information, convey health information to the individuals who may not understand...for example, disadvantaged populations."
Voices of Health Literacy: Uchechi
Slide that reads "What's confusing about getting health info?" A student named Julie's answer is quoted. She says, "Not all websites say the same thing and its gets confusing at times when you try to find out what is really in your medicine or what you're taking and stuff like that."
Voices of Health Literacy: Julie
Slide that reads "What can health care providers do better?" and a quote from a student named Karen that reads "My parents are immigrants...They don't really understand Western medicine so having to be that middle person to translate, to facilitate health literacy has always been challenging and annoying. I feel like the health care system in the U.S. can do a better job addressing that."
Voices of Health Literacy: Karen

Maryland Day 2019


Maryland day slide that reads "What's confusing about getting health info?" with a picture of a woman looking directly into a camera.

We asked event attendees to share their thoughts on health literacy.

Click here to read what they said.