Muskie School of Public Service

Public Health students peer nominated for their health literacy letters to the editor

Ashley Dougherty (left); Barbara Price (right)

Congratulations to Public Health (MPH) student candidates Ashley Dougherty and Barbara Price for their health literacy course peer nominations! For national health literacy month, two MPH students Price and Dougherty, wrote a letter to a news outlet.

In the class Health Literacy and Communication, students wrote letters to the editor to promote October as Health Literacy Month. The class decided to submit two letters, one written by Dougherty and one written by Price. According to national campaigns that address health literacy, report that nearly 9 out of 10 American adults have some difficulty using routine health information.

Health literacy is widely recognized as a serious issue linked to poor health outcomes and high resource utilization. The Institute of Medicine defines health literacy as the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.

Read Dougherty's piece at the Portland Press Herald.

Read Price's piece at the Bangor Daily News.

Photo: Ashley Dougherty (left) and Barbara Price (right).