Every day, people confront situations that involve life-changing decisions about their health. These decisions are made in places such as grocery and drug stores, workplaces, playgrounds, doctors' offices, clinics and hospitals, and around the kitchen table. Obtaining, communicating, processing, and understanding health information and services are essential steps in making appropriate health decisions; however, research indicates that today's health information is presented in ways that are not usable by most adults. "Limited health literacy" occurs when people can't find and use the health information and services they need. Low health literacy can harm your health. It can affect your ability to Limited health literacy can affect your ability to:
- Fill out complex forms
- Share personal information such as your health history
- Get important screening tests
- Take care of yourself
- Manage a chronic disease
- Understand how to take medicines
- Understand health insurance options
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We strongly urge all students to consider purchasing major medical health insurance if you are currently uninsured. The University of Louisville is pleased to have partnered with Academic Health Plansacademic year to provide a student insurance product.
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