October is a special month for the health care industry. Friday marked the first day of both Health Literacy Month and American Pharmacist Month. There is no surprise, here, that these two subjects share a month. Pharmacists are among the most trusted health care officials who help build health literacy every day with their patients.
Health Literacy Month has been around for over 20 years now and focuses on building awareness through action. For years there have been studies that consistently show that many people have problems reading, understanding, and acting on health information. As pharmacists, this is a time to recognize the importance of making health information easy to understand and the health care system easier to navigate for your patients.
For more information on Healthy Literacy Month and other ways you can do your part in encouraging this cause, visit their website.