NAHC applauds Eli Lilly on health literacy recognition
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Barbara D. Woolley
Washington , D.C. (September 13, 2012) On behalf of the twelve million people that receive home care services annually in the US, NAHC would like to commend and recognize pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly on the national recognition it received for its health literacy efforts. Health illiteracy is a problem many Americans face, especially the elderly. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, two thirds of people over 60 have inadequate health literacy. The Department of Health and Human Services defines 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.
Lilly was recently awarded with the Published Materials Award for outstanding achievements in health literacy for two of its bi-lingual educational pieces. Eating to Feel Your Best and Being Active to Feel Your Best were recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Advancement.
With the elderly being a vulnerable population for poor health literacy, we applaud Eli Lilly and those that are working on behalf of the elderly to make health information more accessible and easier to understand, said Val J. Halamandaris, president of NAHC. The American Medical Association states that the level of health literacy a person has, becomes a stronger forecaster of health than age or income. In home care, nurses and aides work one on one with patients to help them understand their medications and how they can stay healthy, but tackling this problem from every angle to increase successful health outcomes is laudable.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.