The Erie County Department of Health and Literacy Buffalo Niagara have dedicated the third week of October as Health Literacy Week. On Thursday, Erie County Legislator Lisa M. Chimera was joined by representatives from Literacy Buffalo Niagara to present the resolution to the legislature.
A press release stated, “For more than 20 years, October has been recognized internationally as Health Literacy Month. These designated dates aim to raise awareness and encourage all who work in the health care sector to provide resources, and clear communications, that allow all individuals to find, use and understand their diagnoses and treatments.”
Chimera said, “We know that literacy is so important, and such a necessary tool for navigating day-to-day life. When it comes to health, clear communication between a patient and physician can be lifesaving. I am so thankful to our Health Department and Literacy Buffalo Niagara for taking this initiative. Our health care systems must make it clear that these are welcoming places, ready to accommodate and ultimately help anyone in need.”
Locally, Literacy Buffalo Niagara has partnered with the Erie County Department of Health to continue the ongoing work toward health equity by establishing a week to promote health literacy as a key to both individual and public health.
“On behalf of Literacy Buffalo Niagara, thank you to the Erie County Legislature and Erie County Public Health Department for recognizing the importance of health literacy and the many ways it impacts our community and our lives,” said Literacy Buffalo Niagara Marketing & Outreach Manager Marissa Colosanti. “Along with the Health Department, we are excited to launch an awareness campaign where everyone will see more information about this important topic.”
Chimera’s resolution thanked literacy advocates, public health professionals and education advocates for working together on this initiative.