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A Health Literacy Universal Precautions Workshop for Occupational Therapy Professionals
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Improve your knowledge of health literacy and increase your ability to identify, address, and implement client-centered interventions to at-risk patients.

 Export to Your Calendar 6/2/2019
When: 6/2/19
10:00 AM
Where: Touro College - Manhattan Campus
320 West 31st Street
New York, New York 
United States
Presenter: Virginia E. Koenig, OTD, MSA OTR/L
Contact: Michelle Scanlon
(845) 414-3614


Online registration is available until: 5/29/2019
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A Health Literacy Universal Precautions Workshop for Occupational Therapy Professionals

The term health literacy was first introduced into the health care arena in the 1970s. At least 90 million Americans and up to 70 percent of older-adult U.S. citizens have poor health literacy abilities, such as reading comprehension, reasoning, and numeracy skills. Limited health literacy can have diverse and dangerous consequences regarding health and health care development initiatives on individual, social, and cultural levels. A growing body of evidence suggests that health care professionals need to consider their clients' health literacy levels in order to optimize client-centered interventions that promote self-management of chronic conditions, health, and wellness.

This workshop examines the relationship between occupational therapy and health literacy and explores the core determinants of health literacy, which include occupational therapy professionals' communication competencies, their clients' communication abilities, and client-professional exchanges throughout the clinical process of OT.

This workshop is aimed at educating participants on the direct relationship between health literacy, access to health and social services, and patient outcomes. Evidence and theory presented in the workshop support the need for occupational therapy professionals to consider their clients' health literacy levels by adopting a universal precautions approach that effectively addresses what some consider a health literacy epidemic on organizational, departmental, academic, and individual levels. Implementing health literacy universal precautions into routine OT practice can facilitate client-centered interventions that can improve outcomes for low-health-literate patients.

After taking this course, participants will be able to integrate health literacy universal precautions into academic, fieldwork, and clinical practices in order to improve the clinical process of OT, client-centered care, and outcomes.

About the Speaker

Virginia E. Koenig, OTD, MSA, OTR/L is Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Faculty in the OT Program at Touro College in Manhattan, NY. She is a long-term care specialist and has worked in skilled nursing facilities over the past 16 years. She continues to work on expanding Touro's fieldwork opportunities to include underserved populations within the United States. To date, she has established fieldwork opportunities at the Nassau County Juvenile Detention Center and Big Sandy Health Care, which serves the rural communities in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Her interests included new student fieldwork program development and health literacy education for health care professionals and stakeholders in order to facilitate occupational justice across the life span.

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