The Power of Understanding
The Power of Understanding: Health Literacy & Older Adults
The Power of Understanding is a project aiming to reduce health disparities by improving both personal and organizational health literacy. It is supported by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and led by Michigan Health Council in partnership with PACE Southeast Michigan, Nancy Combs Communications, LLC, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, and Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Services.
Decrease in emergency department visits
Decrease in avoidable hospitalizations
Improvement in each participant’s HbA1c level
Increase in participant satisfaction with provider communication
Increased caregiver confidence in their ability to deliver associated participant supports
Improve health literacy in medication management by older adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
Improve provider skills in health-literate communication and patient education
Contribute to overall reduction in health disparities
Frequently asked questions
What is health literacy?
Why is health literacy important?
Health literacy is critical because it is one of the most accurate predictors of health status - even more so with seniors and in vulnerable populations where racial health disparities are epidemic and complex. For example, in the U.S., Black adults are nearly twice as likely as white adults to develop type 2 diabetes. Additionally, studies show that glycemic management is twice as poor in patients with low health literacy. At PACE Southeast Michigan, 42% of participants have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and 69% of participants are Black.
How do the three realms of health literacy relate to this project?
What is the role of PACE Southeast Michigan?
This project will serve some 500 PACE Southeast Michigan participants and their caregivers. The strategy of the grant is to improve health information resources at PACE Southeast Michigan, enhance communication between providers, participants, and caregivers, support informed decision-making and access to services, and lead to improvements in clinical and quality of life outcomes.