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Hawaii Finds Community Health Literacy Impacts Personal Health Status

In some communities in Hawaii, 35.99 percent of residents report low health literacy, which means that they may struggle to understand basic health information. In other communities, only 5.37 percent report low health literacy. According to a recent study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Office of Public Health Studies, led by Dr. Tetine Sentell, assistant professor of health policy and management, these percentages matter for individual health. Those who live in communities where many people report low health literacy have, on average, worse health than people who live in communities where few residents report low health literacy.