Health Literacy, Equity and Disparities

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  • Health Literacy
    Health literacy is the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using everyday health information. Limited health literacy is associated with poorer health outcomes and higher health care costs. Learn more about health literacy by visiting

  • Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health
    Michigan's Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Program is responsible for the development, promotion, and administration of health promotion programs for populations of color, which include: African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Arab/Chaldeans, American Indians, and Asian/Pacific Islanders. Read about MDCH efforts to address disparities. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aims to eliminate health disparities for vulnerable populations as defined by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, geography, gender, age, disability status, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other populations identified to be at-risk for health disparities. Learn more about the CDC's efforts here.

  • Practices to Reduce Infant Mortality through Equity
    Practices to Reduce Infant Mortality through Equity (PRIME) is a 3 1/2 -year, W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded project to enhance the capacity of the Michigan Department of Community Health's (MDCH) Bureau of Family, Maternal & Child Health (BFMCH) to reduce racial disparities in infant mortality between Blacks and Whites and between American Indians and Whites in Michigan. Visit the PRIME website or click here to access the PRIME toolkit.

  • Webcasts from the 2008 Reducing Infant Mortality in Michigan - Lessons From The Field
    Racial Ethnic Disparities and Infant Mortality: A Life Course Perspective - Michael Lu MD, MPH, UCLA School of Public Health
    Addressing Racism in Infant Mortality Disparities - Barbara Sabol, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Dr. Renee Canady, Ph.D., MPA, Ingham County Health Department; Shannon Brownlee, Genesee County Health Department
  • Unnatural Causes DVD