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Improving Patient Skills to Navigate Healthcare Systems

Rural communities are implementing models for improving personal health literacy through patient education to navigate healthcare systems. These can include interventions focused on improving written and spoken communication skills, helping increase numeracy, and empowering patients to take control of their own treatment and care. Improving health insurance and financial health literacy can also help patients navigate the healthcare system.

This toolkit describes two promising models for providing patient education to navigate healthcare systems include: