The Lack of Knowledge on Public Health

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Do you know to determine the status of your personal health? Are you one of 80 million Americans who do not understand how to use the resources given for you? As studies have show those who are not health literate are more prone to getting greater emergency hospitalization, bigger medical bills and errors in the medication you are given. Health literacy was used in 1974 by k. simonds, he wrote a paper on the subject for grade K-12. Goals about the importance of knowing how to determine your health and keeping it up to date, even though that open doors and people started to slowly ponder on the article written it was not until years later it slowly started being a need instead of a want. As time passes very few including the government started analyzing the importance of health literacy. But it was not until 1999 did the Council of Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association officially recognize and define functional health literacy as “The ability to read and comprehend prescription bottles, appointment slips, And the other essential health-related materials required to successfully Function as a patient” THESIS Studies of health literacy show that several Americans with health care needs have little skills to understand information required to navigate and function in the U.S. health care system. This research paper defines health literacy as an important policy issue and offers strategies for creating a better health literate America. But the problem still reamin many people do not pay enough attention to understand how this all work. Having to rely on your doctors or hospitals is still a lack of knowledge which could save many people a trip. If one knows what is the cause of his or her health she is already aware ... ... middle of paper ... ... they have. They make due what have been bestow upon them, stated in the comments made in the book “ a century of wisdom’ which feature the oldest living holocausts survivor, the same comment made by these phenomenal people who have surpass the age limits of a normal human being. Live stress free, live happy, do not let anything you cannot control worry you. So as much importance as health literacy may hold to us, to those who no nothing of that idea, it holds no value PARAGRAPH 4 Works Cited http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.db16.linccweb.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=9ed385dc-f9d7-4d03-89f2-932d44d5d8f5%40sessionmgr4003&vid=2&hid=4111 http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.db16.linccweb.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=1d225c6a-23d9-4acf-b505-14e4826503ab%40sessionmgr4005&vid=2&hid=4111 http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/10.1086/667438.pdf?&acceptTC=true&jpdConfirm=true
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