Health Literacy Program

November 25th, 2014

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LCMC’s English for Health Program, scheduled to begin in February 2015, is designed for adults who have low literacy and limited English proficiency.

LCMC will be partnering with Community Clinics Inc. and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center to help participants access and use healthcare and maintain good health. The 12-week class series will be held 2 evenings a week at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney and at a Community Clinic in Montgomery County.

Topics will include: health and wellness information, introduction to health insurance, making appointments, understanding prescriptions, talking to doctors, and filling out health forms.

For more information, please contact Carol Woodside – carol@literacycouncilmcmd.org- 301-610-0030, ext. 217.

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Why Health Literacy? Poor health literacy costs the U.S. economy approximately $238 billion annually. It is linked to poor health outcomes and even death. Studies show that Medicaid patients who read below a third-grade level have four times the annual health care costs than average Medicaid patients. Immigrants struggle to understand the health care system, institutions and providers. Many cannot read a medical appointment card, understand the directions on a bottle of children’s medicine, or follow written health care instructions for an illness.

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