Health Literacy Month Blog Series Returns to

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The nation’s top health literacy experts will be blogging at Engaging the Patient ( throughout October as part of the 2nd Annual Health Literacy Month blog series. Starting this week, leaders and emerging voices will discuss topics including Universal Precautions Toolkit, the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, Project RED, best practices and personal experiences and challenges.

Guest bloggers include:

  • Cindy Brach, Senior Health Policy Researcher at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Cynthia Baur, Ph.D, Senior Health Literacy Advisor at the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Gary Schwitzer, publisher of
  • Dr. Rima Rudd, Harvard University Senior Lecturer on Society, Human Development, and Health
  • Dr. Darren DeWalt, Associate Professor of Medicine University of North Carolina
  • Dr. Hilary Seligman, Assistant Professor of Medicine University of California San Francisco
  • Dr. Matthew Wynia, Director American Medical Association Institute for Ethics
  • Andrew Jager, MA, Research Assistant at the American Medical Association Institute for Ethics

Engaging the Patient,, is the online forum where doctors, patients, administrators, academics, and entrepreneurs discuss new ways to improve the patient experience and get patients more involved in their care. Engaging the Patient and the Health Literacy Month series begins Friday, September 30 and continues through the end of October.

In many ways health literacy comes down to communicating effectively with patients. Low literacy and communication breakdown has been linked to poor health outcomes such as higher rates of hospitalization and less frequent use of preventative services – as they more often use services designed to treat complications of disease instead. Both of these outcomes are associated with higher healthcare costs.

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