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Innovations in Health Literacy Research: Workshop Summary
dation is another mechanism; CDC has a similar foundation. The goal is to facilitate public/private partnerships with industry, for example, in precompetitive space.
Dreyer added his congratulations, calling this a “great moment.” He plans to use the NAP in conversation with American Academy of Pediatrics leadership to say, “This is where we need to begin.” But the reality is that only five states and one or two health plans are excited about the National Action Plan. Professional organizations can play a role in changing behavior of physicians and health care providers too. What are the plans for engaging them and what can the roundtable to do help, Dreyer asked. Brach acknowledged the limitations of working with one partner at a time. AHRQ is trying to make health literacy a part of everything it does. It is trying to feed tools to empower partners to move forward, whether they are visiting the health care innovations site, downloading podcasts in Spanish for consumers, or looking at consumer guides. Baur added that each of the government agencies involved has its own constituencies to reach. She wants to explore how the roundtable can help get the word out so that each organization takes the NAP and uses it to inform its thinking and set priorities. She expects to be on call to offer technical assistance, give talks on the plan, and help create tools.
Sharon Barrett, roundtable member from the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, asked if there are plans to work with those who produced the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities.15 The two major plans that are looking at collaborations at the national, regional, and local levels could come together and coordinate their efforts. Baur replied that several agencies that are active in health disparities are represented in the NAP. Guadalupe Pacheco from the Office of Minority Health, HHS, is a member of the work group. There is a lot of cross-talk between health literacy and health disparities, and there have been conversations about proposing new objectives within the health communication/health IT (information technology) framework around health disparities and health literacy. Kington added that the NIH is in the next cycle of the NIH strategic plan for health disparities and minority health research and this area of research is clearly going to be part of that plan.