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The Power of Understanding


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. 

What is Health Literacy?

  • How well a person can find, grasp and use facts to make good health choices, and follow health care guidance*

  • How well an organization can support its patients to grasp and use facts that will help them to make good health choices and follow health care guidance*

  • A path to increased health care equity and quality

*Paraphrased, Healthy People 2030

What Services Does The Power of Understanding Provide?

The Power of Understanding team helps organizations review and improve their health literacy. This can be done by reviewing handouts, hosting focus groups, and providing training opportunities. 

We are currently working with an already outstanding organization, PACE Southeast Michigan. To see the work we are completing alongside their staff, please visit  

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