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University of Iowa News Release

March 23, 2005

Health Literacy And Communication Topic Of April 6 Program In Creston

In this age of rapid medical advances and expanded media coverage, it's hard to know how to sift through health information and how best to communicate regarding this information with family, friends and health care providers. To help individuals become better consumers and communicators of health information, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, UI Alumni Association and Southwestern Community College are co-sponsoring an educational program for the general public titled, "Tools for Better Health: The ABCs of Health Literacy and Communication."

The free program will be Wednesday, April 6 in the Instructional Center, Room 180, of Southwestern Community College, 1501 W. Townline St., in Creston, Iowa. A reception and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 to 8:30 p.m. program and discussion.

In this presentation, Shelly Campo, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of community and behavioral health and communication studies, and Mary Ann Abrams, M.D., consultant of clinical performance improvement at Iowa Health System, will discuss health literacy and how the public, patients, health care providers and the media can work together to improve health communication, disease prevention and health care.

Individuals interested in attending the program are asked to register in advance by calling Carolyn Barko at 319-384-5485. Walk-ins are welcome. Continuing education credit for attending the program is available for selected health professions.

The statewide College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded, in part, by a grant from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. More information about the educational outreach programs and continuing education credit can be found at

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health, Office of Communications, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277,