Current SIG Co-Chairs:
Mary Abrams, MD, MPH
Aditi Gupta, DO
Andrea Morrison, MD
Current SIG Mentor:
Benard Dreyer, MD
The purpose and mission of the Health Literacy SIG is to advance health literacy in the healthcare system and reduce the health literacy burden that children and their families experience in order to improve pediatric outcomes.
Current SIG Goals
- To develop and foster an agenda for health literacy research which promotes high-quality pediatric care and improved child health outcomes
- To provide training and cultivate collaborative projects for child health providers and trainees to improve skills in evidence-based techniques for clear communication
- To provide evidence-based solutions to advance health literacy in practice
- To develop and promote the dissemination of clear, reader-friendly child health information
- To partner with other organizations (AAP, AMA, CDC, IOM, NIH) to ensure that a pediatric HL perspective is part of the National Health Policy Agenda, including collaboration on policy statements
The SIG conducted a member survey in April prior to PAS. The findings from this survey were used to prioritize discussions in small workgroups at the SIG meeting at PAS. Small groups planned future membership efforts with plans for periodic calls and work over the next year. Last year has seen continued collaborations between SIG members.
- SIG members have been working on an AAP policy statement, “Addressing Health Literacy to Promote Health Care Quality and Patient Safety.”
- SIG members collaborated on a review article for Pediatrics in Review on Health Literacy and child health outcomes.
- A workshop was submitted by SIG members, though not accepted for presentation.
- SIG members are collaborating on a national survey of health literacy practices in pediatricians.
AAP COQIPS, AAP COCM, multiple state organizations and initiatives, National Academies Roundtable on Health Literacy