Understanding Health Literacy for the Health Care Professional (ETHICS)

Description: Health literacy is defined 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.” At the same time, however, both the HHS report Communicating Health: Priorities and Strategies for Progress and IOM report Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion propose an expanded understanding of the term so that both the skills of individuals and demands of health systems are considered.  This webinar will help providers identify patients and care givers who may have low Health Literacy and provide strategies to improve outcomes.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain what Health literacy is and the problems it poses for patients
  • Identify ways that Health Care professionals can improve their assessments of patients’ level of health literacy.
  • Summarize and apply HL objectives adopted as part of the healthy people 2010 and 2020 initiatives.
  • Outline options for reducing Literacy- related Barriers in your institution

    Instructor: Kristin Elwart-Szwajkowski, DNP, Nurse Practitioner, Departments of Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Illinois Medical Center

    Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers

    Successful Completion: After viewing the 1.0 hour pre-recorded webinar, you will complete a course evaluation and take a short assessment. You may download copies of your certificate from the Academy Learning Portal.

    Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Physical Therapy 

    This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 1 contact hour.

    Occupational Therapy 

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.1 CEUs or 1 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 3: Professional Issues

     Speech-Language Pathology

    This course is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area)

    Social Workers
    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is registered by the State of Illinois to sponsor continuing education programs for social workers. This program will award 1 Continuing Education Credit Hour. Sponsor License #159001466


    Financial -  Receives honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

    Non-Financial -  No relevant non-financial relationship exists

     Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

    PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
    MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


    Online Learning Occupational Therapists OTA and PTA Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists Social Workers