Mayden Lecture Abstract 2013

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The Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture



Health Literacy: Applications for Enhanced Health System Performance OR . . . How to Change the World with Health Literacy


Presented by Andrew Pleasant, Health Literacy and Research Director, Canyon Ranch Institute, Faculty Member, The Ohio State University College of Nursing


This interactive presentation focuses on existing and potential applications of health literacy to inform policy, practice and advocacy decisions that influence health system performance. When taken as a complex theory of behavior change, versus being defined simply as a collection of skills and abilities of which patients and the public are often found lacking, health literacy can illuminate the design of defined and practical pathways to reform the existing sick care system into a health care system. The results include a more effective and efficient balancing between treatment and prevention efforts and an integrative approach to health and wellness at individual, family, community and health system levels.


A key set of targets are often tragic misalignments between both perceived and real short and long term incentives for all actors in the health care relationship. Health literacy can address those misalignments by increasing the effectiveness of health communication and education resulting in more informed decisions by all parties.



Sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Health Literacy Interest Group.

Funding for this lecture is provided by the Priscilla M. Mayden Endowment.



Health Literacy