October is Health Literacy Month, so now is a great time to start on the path to become a health literate organization - and the In It Together Resource Guide and health literacy community training are here to help!
More than one-third (36%) of U.S. adults have a limited ability to obtain, process, and understand the basic health information and services they need to make health decisions1. In recognition of those challenges, HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA/HAB) supports the In It Together project, which helps health professionals understand how limited health literacy affects the health of Black gay, bisexual, same-gender-loving, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The project promotes health literacy as a component of culturally appropriate healthcare service delivery.
What can you do to help clients understand and act on the health information that they get?
The In It Together Resource Guide contains a curated list of resources, organizational assessments, client assessments, and toolkits that your HIV program can use to begin or enhance efforts to provide services that meet the needs of clients with limited health literacy.
The free, one-hour, in-person In It Together Health Literacy Community Training, which is available in 34 communities across the U.S., teaches health professionals to:
Request an In It Together Health Literacy Community Training at your organization!
- Recognize signs that clients are experiencing limited health literacy
- Apply health-literate approaches to improve their communications with clients
- Identify steps their organizations can take to promote health literacy and deliver health-literate HIV services
- Understand the connections between health literacy and culture
Do you want to become a community health literacy trainer?
In It Together is taking trainer applications now! In It Together is currently looking for additional trainers to help improve the capacity of HIV healthcare providers to deliver health services to Black MSM, and improve health outcomes. Apply today!
 Kutner, M., Greenburg, E., Jin, Y., & Paulsen, C. (2006). The Health Literacy of America's Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy. NCES 2006-483. National Center for Education Statistics.