The Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) is a statewide collaborative of partnerships with faith-based, community, educational, public and private organizations and all levels of government in order to build on the strengths, assets, and resources of these entities and to work toward eliminating inequities for all populations. Technical assistance to support OHEC activities is provided by the Health Equity Resource Opportunities Division, Oklahoma State Department of Health. The OKC Metro Literacy Coalition acts as our fiduciary agent. Our cross section of partners have formed a health literacy committee that will develop a more comprehensive Oklahoma Health Literacy Action Plan which models the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. Because OHEC has a focus on health literacy, a Health Literacy Clearinghouse was established on this website. To view the Clearinghouse, click on the tab above.
1. Raise health literacy awareness.
2. Convene interested individuals representing multi-sectors of our communities statewide.
3. Develop a coordinated and organized effort to address health literacy in Oklahoma.
4. Take action to implement strategies into programs, policies and systems to improve health literacy.
How does literacy impact health?
Health literacy is defined in Healthy People 2020 as: “The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” Health literacy requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical, and decision-making skills, and the ability to apply these skills to health situations.
The primary responsibility for improving health literacy lies with health professionals in both healthcare and public health. However, we must work together to ensure that health information and services can be understood and used by all Oklahomans. We must engage in skill building with healthcare clients/patients and health professionals. Adult educators can be productive partners in reaching adults with limited literacy skills.
Health literacy requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical, and decision-making skills, and the ability to apply these skills to health situations. We must work together to ensure that health information and services can be understood and used by all Oklahomans.
Impact of Health Literacy on Oklahoma and the Nation:
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OHEC Literacy and Health Equity Position Statement - Link >>
HEALTH LITERACY PARTNERS
• Sunshine Cowan, PhD., Associate Professor & Coordinator of the Community/Public Health Program, Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Central Oklahoma,
• Leslie Gelders, Literacy Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Libraries
• Marisa New, Director of Health Equity & Resource Opportunities Division, Oklahoma State Department of Health
• Mary Surbeck, Board Chairperson, Oklahoma City Metropolitan Literacy Coalition
• Chequita Owens, PhD., Data & Research Coordinator, Oklahoma Primary Care Association
• John M. Corpolongo, M.S., NCSP, Director of SoonerStart Early Intervention Program, Oklahoma State Department of Health
• Donna Dorr, Life & Health Analyst, Consumer Assistance Program, Oklahoma Department of Insurance
• Linda Thomas, Director of Minority Health, Oklahoma State Department of Health
• Nicole Amend, Chief of Staff, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
• Beatrice Johnston, Branch Director, OKC YWCA
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