Health Literacy, Empowerment and Cultural Competency

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Health Literacy has been defined in several ways. The World Health Organization
defined Health Literacy as “The development of the cognitive and social skills
which determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to,
understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health.”1 The United States Department of Health and Human Services defined Health Literacy 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.”2 Nutbeam has identified a typology that defines three categories of health literacy: functional, interactive and critical.3 More recently, Media Health Literacy has been defined as "the ability to identify health related content in the media (explicit and/or implicit), to recognize its influence on health behavior, to critically analyze the content and to express intention to act or react as a result of exposure to health content.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulturally Appropriate Health Care by Culturally Competent Health Professionals
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Workshop Report
EditorsLeon Epstein
PublisherThe Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2007
EventCultural Appropriateness of Health Services
הלימה תרבותית של שירותי בריאות
- Caesarea, Israel
Duration: 1 Oct 20071 Oct 2007


ConferenceCultural Appropriateness of Health Services
הלימה תרבותית של שירותי בריאות


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