October-Health Literacy Month

October-Health Literacy Month
| by Kristy Dalechek-Shell

October isn’t just about turning leaves, pumpkins spice lattes and mammograms (although those are important too).  October is Health Literacy Month. Health literacy might not be a term that everyone is familiar with, but it is a crucial concept that impacts our health and wellbeing on a daily basis. In this post, we'll explore what health literacy is, why it's important, and how it can empower us on our path to wellness.

What is Health Literacy?

Health literacy is the ability to obtain, read, understand, and use healthcare information to make appropriate health decisions and follow instructions for treatment. It’s about being able to navigate the complex world of health care, understand medical terms, make sense of health statistics, and be an active participant in one’s own health and wellness journey.

The Importance of Health Literacy

Health literacy is not just about personal knowledge, it extends to the understanding of where to find quality resources, how to communicate effectively with healthcare professionals, and how to advocate for one's health needs. Low health literacy can lead to poor health outcomes, higher healthcare costs, and decreased quality of life. On the other hand, high health literacy can lead to better health outcomes and a more satisfying healthcare experience.

Health Literacy: Knowledge is Power

The phrase «knowledge is power» is especially relevant when it comes to health literacy. When we possess knowledge about our health, we are empowered to make better decisions, engage in preventive care, manage our symptoms, and advocate for our needs. We become active participants in our own health care, rather than passive recipients.

Celebrating Health Literacy Month

Every October, we celebrate Health Literacy Month as an opportunity to highlight the importance of health literacy and to promote widespread understanding of this critical concept. It is a time for health professionals and communities to come together to promote health literacy and ensure that everyone has the tools and resources they need to make informed health decisions.


As we commemorate Health Literacy Month this October, let us all strive to improve our health literacy. By doing so, we can take control of our health, make informed decisions, and ultimately lead healthier, happier lives. Remember, when it comes to health literacy, knowledge truly is power.

At Haven Healthcare Advocates we strive to make sure clients and families have all the information they need, and they understand the information they have, in order to make the best healthcare decisions.  We coordinate care to make sure nothing falls between the cracks.  Whether someone is faced with a complicated healthcare issue or crisis, caring for an aging or sick parent, caring for a special needs child, transitioning from hospital, to rehab, to home, or is looking for resources or second opinions, our team of nurses is available to help.  We provide peace of mind, so families can enjoy time with their loved ones.  Reach out today to learn more about our programs.