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Community Health Improvement

Health Education

In 2013, Texas Health Resources completed a Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment identified two key focus areas, chronic diseases and health awareness, literacy and navigation. Texas Health will be directing its resources over the next three years to address these two issues. 

So what is Health Awareness, literacy and navigation?

Health awareness, literacy and navigation can be defined as having the knowledge and being able to understand your health, how to obtain, process and understand reliable health related information, where to seek services and how to navigate the health care system.

What is health literacy?

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decision.1

How will Texas Health address these issues?

What are Chronic Diseases?

Chronic Diseases are persistent conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. Chronic diseases are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems in the U.S.

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1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2000. Healthy People 2010. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. Originally developed for Ratzan SC, Parker RM. 2000. Introduction. In National Library of Medicine Current Bibliographies in Medicine: Health Literacy. Selden CR, Zorn M, Ratzan SC, Parker RM, Editors. NLM Pub. No. CBM 2000-1. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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