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13th annual Texas Health Literacy Conference in San Antonio

The Health Collaborative, recently held its 13th annual Texas Health Literacy Conference in San Antonio titled Culture Matters.

SAN ANTONIO - The non-profit organization, The Health Collaborative, recently held its 13th annual Texas Health Literacy Conference in San Antonio titled Culture Matters.

The San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative (SAHLI) was established in 2005. It is a comprehensive program that aims to increase health literacy awareness and efficacy through strategically addressing primary gaps in health literacy today by:

1. Providing local and relevant information as to what health literacy means and how it applies to daily life activities and health awareness

2. Modifying provider practices to ensure proper and effective patient-health provider communication histories

3. Instituting cultural change towards health literacy through empowering patients and health providers to participate in a more health literate society.

4. The individuals found to be at most risk for poor health literacy include the economically poor, elderly, those who did not speak English before starting school, those with limited education, and those with physical or mental disabilities. These individuals are frequently members of ethnic and/or cultural groups, incarcerated, homeless and often have limited access to health care.

About the SAHLI Health Collaborative:

The San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative is a resource based on the collaborative efforts of multiple community partners. The SAHLI Health Collaborative is a group of volunteers from community-based organizations, healthcare settings, local colleges, and universities that are facilitated by the SAHLI. The purpose of the SAHLI Health Collaborative is to act as a county-wide expert roundtable in health literacy by bringing together representatives from various entities, both public and private, to share their experiences and possible solutions addressing low health literacy in San Antonio. The SAHLI membership currently represents organizations including Bexar County Department of Community Resources, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, Community First Health Plans, the Health Collaborative, Sage Words, San Antonio Department of Community Initiatives, San Antonio Food Bank, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, University Health System, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University of the Incarnate Word, Well-Med Medical Management and others.

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