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Health & Science Literacy

The Roles of Trust and Health Literacy in Achieving Health Equity

Clinical, Community, & Public Health

The National Academies Roundtable on Health Literacy convened three workshops to explore the impacts on health equity improved literacy practices in clinical, community, and public health settings. Topics include:

  1. How treating every patient, their conditions, history, and identity, identically can interfere with trust;
  2. Reasons individuals and communities with marginalized identities may mistrust public health communications and institutions; and
  3. How health literacy best practices might affect trust in public health institutions at the state, local, tribal, and federal levels; to name a few.

Summary documents of each workshop are linked below.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. The Roles of Trust and Health Literacy in Achieving Health Equity: Clinical Settings: Proceedings of a Workshop-in Brief. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Link 1, Link 2, and Link 3.