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Promoting Health Literacy

In our journey towards better health, understanding and utilizing health information is paramount. Health literacy isn't just a skill; it's a necessity woven into the fabric of our daily lives. Yet, navigating the complexities of healthcare can often feel like traversing a labyrinth, especially for those whose primary language isn't English. Recognizing this challenge, we've joined forces with the Gunnison County Health and Human Services Multicultural Services team to launch a monthly Spanish-language health literacy education program aimed at breaking down barriers within our community.

Our collaborative effort began in August of 2022, with a focus on empowering individuals to decipher and comprehend the results of the annual low-cost blood testing events. Through a comprehensive presentation and individual consultations led by healthcare professionals from Gunnison Valley Health’s Family Medicine Clinic, attendees gained invaluable insights into interpreting test results. Since that first night, we have covered a wide spectrum of topics, spanning from emergency department procedures to hospice care, behavioral health services, and children’s health.

Central to the success of this initiative is the unwavering support and partnership between our health system and the dedicated team at Health and Human Services. Beyond providing live interpretation during sessions, their proactive outreach efforts ensure community members are engaged and equipped to benefit from the expertise offered by Gunnison Valley Health. Together, we've forged a strong relationship with a shared mission: to enhance the overall health and well-being of our community.

We will embark on the 2024 health literacy series on March 25, and delve into the hospital’s financial assistance program. The selection of topics for this year's series is guided by direct input from participants and community feedback. We will cover crucial areas such as sleep apnea, cancer screening, treatment, and support, identifying stroke symptoms, and prioritizing children's health and wellness.

This series serves as a cornerstone of a broader health equity initiative, signaling our ongoing commitment to fostering a healthier, more informed community. Together, we are working to bridge language barriers, empower individuals and pave the way for a healthier future.