UNTHSC symposium will focus on improving health literacy

March 19, 2014

One-third to one-half of the U.S. population has a low level of health literacy. That means they may have trouble filling out complex forms, managing chronic diseases or properly taking medications.

This inability to understand health information has emerged as a critical issue with passage of the Affordable Care Act, which requires patients to use clear and consistent information from health care providers and insurers to make important decisions about their care.

About 250 representatives from organizations across Tarrant County will focus on improving health literacy April 16 at the UNT Health Science Center Second Annual Health Literacy Symposium. Attendees will include health care providers and social workers.

“Patient communication is the key to quality health care,” said Teresa Wagner, a doctoral student in the UNTHSC School of Public Health and the symposium coordinator. “People must have the ability to obtain, process and act upon health information that is often very complex.”

The symposium, which is free to attendees, is co-sponsored by United Way of Tarrant County and its Area Agency on Aging, and Texas Health Resources. For more information, visit the symposium registration page. Symposium supporters and attendees can help promote the event on social media using the hashtag #UNTHSCHealthLit14.

The Texas Prevention Institute at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth launched its health literacy project in 2013 through a grant from United Way of Tarrant County. As part of the project, the Health Science Center also conducts health literacy training in public libraries and clinical settings.

Tcom Fc
TCOM students spend the day giving back

By Steven Bartolotta   The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Class of 2023 got their chance to lend a helping hand to the Fort Worth community as 236 medical students fanned out all across Fort Worth for a Day of Service. The TCOM students divided into groups and spent the afte...Read more

Jul 12, 2019

Sparks Fc
A medical student travels an unconventional road to TCOM

By Steve Bartolotta   A fresh wave of new medical students arrived at UNT Health Science Center this week, all from a variety of different backgrounds and traveling on different paths. One of new faces belongs to Clarence Sparks, 36, a one-time college dropout who enters the Texas Col...Read more

Jul 11, 2019

Ns Fc
Williams urges TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine students to reclaim human element in health care

By Alex Branch   The human element of the doctor-patient relationship is too often taken for granted in modern health care, UNT Health Science Center President Dr. Michael R. Williams told the inaugural class of Fort Worth’s new medical school. For example, a chief complaint among em...Read more

Jul 10, 2019

Photo Fc
Patterson receives national award for biomechanics research

By Steven Bartolotta Rita M Patterson, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine has been honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for her ground-breaking biomechanics research. Dr. Patterson is the recipient of the 2019 Savio L-Y....Read more

Jul 9, 2019