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Health Literacy: A Dose of Understanding
2008 African American History Calendar

More than 90 million Americans are known to be dealing with low health literacy. Many more are unknown. Like obesity, it impacts people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. However, low health literacy is more prevalent among elderly African Americans and Latinos.

This year, Aetna focuses its 27th African American History Calendar on health literacy. Low health literacy is a growing barrier to good health care. To do its part, Aetna is committed to making consumer information easier to understand.

The problem of health literacy is becoming more well known. African American communities across America are focusing on it in many ways. There is more health education in communities, and health leaders are rethinking the words they say and write.
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