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Module 2: Evidence-Based and Promising Program Models for Rural Health Literacy

Rural communities can use different models and approaches to improve health literacy depending on the goals and objectives of the program. Communities may choose to implement approaches that focus on improving personal health literacy — for example, by building individual health literacy skills to help people take control of their own health and well-being. Other communities may choose to implement health literacy models focused on the organizational level — for example, models that integrate new communication techniques and strategies to enable individuals to better navigate the healthcare system. Some rural communities may apply a combination of approaches or adapt a model to meet the needs of the community.

To learn more about how to identify and adapt interventions, see Developing a Rural Community Health Program in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.

This toolkit organizes models for improving health literacy into four categories. Within these categories, there are six evidence-based and promising personal health literacy models and approaches and seven organizational health literacy models for improving the way rural organizations present health information and communicate with consumers.

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