Health Literacy 101: Rural Healthcare

Release Date: 08/06/2021
Expiration Date:08/05/2023
Format: Enduring Online Material 

Target Audience:
This activity is intended for physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, public health professionals, pharmacists, licensed professional counselors, physical therapists and social workers.

Statement of Need:
Many rural communities throughout the country have experienced health disparities during Covid-19, especially in minority populations who tend to work in manual labor jobs such as meatpacking plants. Gaps were identified in community relations and culturally and linguistically congruent communication between healthcare and constituent communities.

This is important not only for this pandemic but for future public health issues where communication is of the utmost importance to help prevent disease spread and economic losses. Especially for disparate and underserved communities, it is critical to close these gaps.

Learning Goal and Outcome:

Learning Goal: Participants will improve health outcomes by creating a practice of cultural health literacy and improved relationships between the healthcare system and the community

Learning Outcome:  Participants will communicate in culturally sensitive ways that promote health literacy among the Hispanic population served by their medical practice.

Educational Objectives:
Upon the completion of this activity, learners should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of barriers to communication and understanding of how to facilitate health-protective behaviors.
2. Employ effective strategies to help clients reduce their barriers through health literate communication.


Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD, CPPS, CHWI, DipACLM, CHWC
Assistant Professor, Department of Lifestyle Health Sciences
University of North Texas Health Science Center, School of Health Professions
Clinical Executive for Health Literacy, SaferCare Texas
Fellow and Project Director, Texas Center for Health Disparities

Designation and Accreditation Statements:

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides up to 2 contact hour(s). 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians. The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth designates this program for a maximum of  2 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in this activity.

Public Health Professionals
This activity is approved for 2 credit(s) accepted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) recertification program.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.This knowledge-based activity has been assigned UAN ### and will award ## contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit in states that recognize ACPE Providers. Statements of participation will indicate hours and CEUs based on participation and will be issued online at the conclusion of the activity. Successful completion includes completing the activity, its accompanying evaluation and/or posttest (score 70% or higher), and requesting credit online at the conclusion of the activity. Credit will be uploaded to CPEMonitor, and participants may print a statement of credit or transcript from their NABP eprofile.UNTHSC complies with the Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education.

UNTHSC Participant Credit
The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 2 hours of participation

In accordance with the appropriate accrediting bodies, all planners, teachers, and authors with control over activity content are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships (those held by the planner or significant other, currently or within the last 24 months) with commercial interests. Accredited providers are required to provide this information to learners before the start of an activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth CE & Assessment Department planning team nor the subject matter experts have anything to disclose.

All information contained within this activity is intended for educational purposes only. 

Technical Requirements:
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Institutional Review Board:

Data collected as part of this activity may be analyzed as part of educational research to study the effectiveness of interventions. This project is included under UNTHSC IRB protocol #2017-056.

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