NEW Website Jump-Starts Health Literacy Toolkit

Halifax, Nova Scotia (August 2, 2017) – Barefoot Facilitation Inc. and Research Power Inc. are excited to
jump-start the 2017 edition of the Learning For Health Toolkit. This Toolkit was originally launched in
2014 as the Health Literacy in Community Organizations: A Toolkit to Support Engagement and Planning.

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It is created for people across Canada who are interested in improving health literacy within their
organizations and communities.

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The Canadian Expert Panel on Health Literacy defined health literacy as “the ability to access, understand,
evaluate and communicate information as a way to promote, maintain and improve health in a variety of
settings across the life-course.” Increasingly, health literacy is recognized as a determinant of health in
Canada –one that is closely related to other social determinants of health such as literacy, education,
income and culture.

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The role and impact of health literacy is often not well understood or overlooked. This Toolkit will help
community organizations to assess readiness to take action, plan activities, build support and evaluate
progress to enhance and embed health literacy in programs and services.

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The Toolkit has been informed by the environmental scan and evaluation report from the Learning for
Health: Health Literacy Embedded Learning Demonstration Project funded by the Public Health Agency of
Canada. The Learning for Health project began in March 2010 and was completed in February 2012.

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Partner demonstration sites included The Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital (Manitoba),
South Shore Family Resource Association (Nova Scotia) and The Association for New Canadians
(Newfoundland and Labrador).

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“We don’t always see the results of demonstration projects being applied on a large scale,” says
Stephanie Heath of Research Power Inc., “and we are thankful to the Public Health Agency of Canada for
their ongoing support in enabling the creation and dissemination of this Toolkit, so that more
organizations will benefit.”

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“We’re hoping that these tools will prove to be as beneficial to organizations across Canada as they were
to the demonstration sites,” explains Gerard Murphy of Barefoot Facilitation Inc., “and we look forward to
hearing from organizations interested in offering training around the Toolkit.”

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The Toolkit can be downloaded for FREE, in English and French, via www.learningforhealth.weebly.com.
Like the Toolkit on Twitter @LFHtoolkit.

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