The Office of Minority Health within the Biden administration recently awarded $250 million in health literacy to 73 local governments as part of its COVID-19 response. Does the “Advancing Health Literacy (AHL) to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19” grant program signal a move toward more health literacy funding? How can the health literacy community leverage this decision to demonstrate the power and efficacy of health literacy to improve the likelihood of more such grants? Hear from 3 grant recipients on how they plan to use these funds to battle COVID-19 using health literacy approaches, how these programs will raise awareness of health literacy within their communities, and the rationale from Office of Minority Health leadership (invited) on how and why this approach was chosen.
- Describe collaborative, community-based approaches to using health literacy practices to fight COVID-19.
- Discuss ways in which advocates can use policy strategies to advance health literacy.
- Identify 3 benefits of raising health literacy awareness at a community level can advance health equity.