Summit focuses on Kentucky's health literacy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Speakers at Kentucky's first health
literacy summit say millions of American have trouble reading,
understanding and acting upon medical information.
The Louisville Courier reported the summit held Friday in
Louisville was sponsored by the University of Kentucky and Humana
Inc. About 150 people including educators, insurance officials,
doctors and nurses came to develop a coalition to address
Kentucky's health literacy problems.
Janet Ohene-Frempong, a national health literacy expert, said 42
percent of Kentucky adults read at the two lowest levels of
Ohene-Frempong said that many people walk out of doctors'
offices without a clear idea of the doctor's instructions, make
mistakes when taking medications and can't understand complex
insurance documents.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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