The Link Between Reading & Your Health Care

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Thirty-two million adults in the United States cannot read, according to a recent U.S. Department of Education study. Of those thirty-two million adults, thirty-five percent are of African American heritage and do not meet the basic literacy standard. The average African American twelfth-grade student reads at the same level as Caucasian eight-grade students. This reveals that millions of  African American youth are unable to understand or evaluate text or provide relevant details about the written documents they read.

Likewise, understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health insurance may be difficult for individuals with limited literacy and health literacy. Individuals with behavioral health conditions also face barriers to accessing and receiving health care.

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On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the National Leadership Council will host a free webinar “Literacy and Affordable Care Act: The ABC’s About Academic Impact  in the Black Community” at 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. 


This webinar is designed to help family members, providers and community agencies understand and overcome literacy-related barriers related to understanding and enrolling in health coverage under the ACA.  This webinar is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand literacy rates for the African American/African Heritage population
  • Understand the impact and barriers related to literacy on outreach and enrollment efforts for African American/African Heritage populations
  • Develop strategies to eliminate barriers to enrollment of African American/African Heritage populations that struggle with literacy

To join the webinar, please use the following conference line and webinar link:

Call-in Number: 1-888-566-5920

Passcode: SAMHSA

Webinar Link:

If you would like more information on this training, please contact:

James Sawyer

Phone: 208-353-3826

Email: [email protected]


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