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#RuralHealthChat: Rural Health Literacy

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

People in rural areas are often facing an uphill battle when it comes to their health, and one of the most important but least understood challenges is health literacy. Health literacy is the ability of a patient to understand medical information that is presented to them.

Sometimes this is focused on the patient's individual comprehensive skills, but increasingly the focus is on the way the information is presented and ways that organizations involved in community health can present vital information in a way that is accessible.


  • William Elwood, Ph.D., OppNet Facilitator/Health Scientist Administrator, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health @NIH
  • R.V. Rikard, Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University @RV_Rikard
  • Kristie Hadden, Ph.D., Executive Director, University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Center for Health Literacy @UAMSHealth

We used the hashtag #RuralHealthChat to tweet with expert co-hosts working to improve health literacy from around the country. If you’d like to see our conversation or access the many resources shared, they are all available below, via Storify.